STAND. COM. REP. NO. 73
RE: S.B. No. 1324
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Agriculture and Environment, to which was referred S.B. No. 1324 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds and appropriate funds for a capital improvement project of the Agribusiness Development Corporation at the Christian Crossing Bridge.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Agribusiness Development Corporation, East Kauai Water Users Cooperative, and Kalepa Koalition.
Your Committee finds that the Christian Crossing Bridge is located in Kalepa, Kauai, and is a critical part of the emergency route connecting Lihue with the north shore of Kauai. The area is prone to flooding, and the bridge was inundated with water several times in the past year, causing erosion and structural damage. Your Committee finds that this measure will provide the financing necessary to repair and strengthen the bridge and supporting structures to mitigate any future flooding effects.
Your Committee recommends that the engineers working on the Christian Crossing Bridge pursuant to this measure also study and make recommendations regarding reinforcing the North Fork crossing.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Agriculture and Environment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1324 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Agriculture and Environment,
MIKE GABBARD, Chair