STAND. COM. REP. NO. 707
RE: H.B. No. 938
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred H.B. No. 938 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to appropriate funds for the Department of Agriculture to provide grants and loans to ranchers and farmers negatively affected by natural disasters through an Agricultural Disaster Funds Program.
The Hawai‘i County Council Members for District 5 and 9, Hawai‘i County Department of Research and Development, Hawai‘i Farm Bureau, Hawaii Farmers Union, Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, Land Use Research Foundation of Hawai‘i, Hawaii Coffee Association, Local Food Coalition, O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Floriculture and Nursery Association, Hawaii Farmers Union United Haleakala, Lokea Farms, Hawaii Center for Food Safety, Maui Chamber of Commerce, Maui Farmers Union United, and numerous individuals testified in support of this measure. The Department of Agriculture commented on this measure.
Your Committee notes that the Department of Agriculture, in its written testimony, recommends that the funding be placed in the Agricultural Loan Program, which already has available staffing as well as an Emergency Loan Program with existing statutes and rules to carry out the intent in a timely manner.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2150; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Agriculture that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 938, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 938, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Agriculture,
RICHARD P. CREAGAN, Chair