STAND. COM. REP. NO. 223
RE: S.B. No. 711
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 711 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LAND,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to make amendments to the General Appropriation Acts of 2015 and 2017, as amended, regarding certain appropriations for the purchase of agricultural lands.
Specifically, this measure:
(1) Extends the lapse date of the non-general fund appropriation in item A-8.03 of Act 119, Session Laws of Hawaii 2015, as amended and renumbered by Act 124, Session Laws of Hawaii 2016 (item A-8.03); and
(2) Amends the appropriation amount and description made by item A-17.01 of Act 49, Session Laws of Hawaii 2017, as amended and renumbered by Act 53, Session Laws of Hawaii 2018.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Farm Bureau.
Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Budget and Finance.
Your Committee finds that the Department of Accounting and General Services has the authority to extend the lapse date for the appropriation in item A-8.03 to June 30, 2020, without legislative action.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting the provisions of part I, which extend the lapse date of the general fund obligation bond fund appropriation to purchase certain agricultural lands; and
(2) Changing the remaining amounts appropriated to unspecified amounts.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 711, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 711, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair