STAND. COM. REP. NO. 412

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 869

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Agriculture and Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 869 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURE,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to increase food safety by enacting produce safety laws that authorize Department of Agriculture (DOA) inspectors to inspect and regulate farms producing food in Hawaii for purposes of compliance with federal laws regarding growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce for human consumption. Specifically, this measure, among other things:

 

(1) Permits access to covered farms by DOA for purposes of determining whether violations have occurred;

 

(2) Authorizes DOA to seize, condemn, destroy, or require the destruction of covered produce found to be in violation;

 

(3) Establishes a judicial process to condemn or destroy covered produce;

 

(4) Establishes civil penalties for violations;

 

(5) Provides for its repeal upon the repeal of federal Food and Drug Administration rules on Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption or July 1, 2022, whichever occurs sooner; and

 

(6) Provides for the repeal of this measure if the federal government declines to provide funding for the implementation of the federal provisions embodied in this measure.

 

The Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii and Farm Maui LLC supported this measure. DOA submitted comments on this measure.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Authorizing, rather than mandating, the Board of Agriculture to adopt rules to carry out the purposes of the Produce Safety Program;

 

(2) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2150; and

 

(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Agriculture and Health that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 869, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 869, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Agriculture and Health,

 

 

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JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair

 

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RICHARD P. CREAGAN, Chair