STAND. COM. REP. NO. 689-20
RE: H.B. No. 1861
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 1861, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COFFEE BERRY BORER,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Extend the Pesticide Subsidy Program to June 30, 2025;
(2) Extend the Pesticide Subsidy Program Manager position and the position's civil service and collective bargaining laws exemption to June 30, 2026; and
(3) Appropriate funds for the Program and Program Manager position.
Your Committee heard testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Agriculture, University of Hawaii System, Office of the Mayor of the County of Hawaii, Maui Chamber of Commerce, Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, Hawaii Farm Bureau, Kona Coffee Farmers Association, Hawaii Organic Farming Association, Synergistic Hawaii Agriculture Council, Mauna Mama Kona Coffee, Rancho Aloha Kona Coffee, Old Hawaiian Coffee, Rusty's Hawaiian, Pohaku Farm, Kona Mountain Coffee, and sixteen individuals.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1861, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
SYLVIA LUKE, Chair