STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1111
RE: S.B. No. 871
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. 871 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate moneys to the Department of Land and Natural Resources for invasive species technician positions in the Department's Division of Forestry and Wildlife on the island of Hawaii.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Department of Agriculture; Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; Hawaii Farm Bureau; Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.; The Nature Conservancy; and one individual.
Your Committee finds that establishing invasive species technician positions will mitigate the impact of invasive species on the island of Hawaii and will help protect the island's environment and overall health, culture, and economy.
Your Committee notes that an appropriation of $500,000 in each year of fiscal biennium 2019-2021 will be necessary to fund the additional invasive species technician positions.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the appropriation to an unspecified amount;
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and
(3) Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
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. 871, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 871, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair