STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3774

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: H.B. No. 2565

H.D. 2

S.D. 2

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 2565, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PESTICIDES,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Establish the Pesticide Disposal Collection Program within the Department of Agriculture to provide a one-time, affordable, and environmentally accessible means for the disposal of restricted and nonrestricted use pesticides from a bona fide agricultural entity;

 

(2) Convene a Pesticide Disposal Collection Program Steering Committee to guide and monitor the program; and

 

(3) Increase fines for pesticide use violations.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health; one member of the Maui County Council; Hawaii Crop Improvement Association; Young Progressives Demanding Action; Greener Hawaii, Hawaii Center for Food Safety; Larry Jefts Farms, LLC; Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action; Beyond Organic Consulting, Inc.; Mahana Weddings Maui; We Are One, Inc.; Hawaii Farm Bureau; Conscious Riddims Records; and dozens of individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Western Plant Health Association and one individual. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Agriculture.

 

Your Committees find that responsible environmental stewardship requires management and supervision of the safe collection and lawful disposal of banned, outdated, or unwanted pesticides.  Your Committees further find that legal disposal options for pesticides are limited in Hawaii and that the longer pesticides are left unmanaged, the more likely it is that containment measures for those pesticides will fail. This measure addresses this need by establishing a one-time, affordable, and environmentally accessible means for the disposal of pesticides.

 

Your Committees note that funding for the Pesticide Disposal Collection Program is intended to draw from the $800,000 allocated to the Department of Agriculture pursuant to the November 21, 2019, plea agreement in U.S.A. v. Monsanto Company. Your Committees additionally find that the $800,000 settlement payment was deposited into the general revenues of the State. Appropriating those monies to the Pesticide Disposal Collection Program will allow the Department of Agriculture to fulfil its obligations as set forth in the settlement.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Allowing the Department of Agriculture to determine the duration of the Pesticide Disposal Collection Program;

 

(2) Allowing the Department of Agriculture to determine the maximum amount of pesticide that can be disposed of without incurring a fee through the program;

 

(3) Inserting an appropriation amount of $800,000; and

 

(4) Changing the effective date to September 1, 2020.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2565, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2565, H.D. 2, S.D. 2.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means,

 

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DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair

 

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KARL RHOADS, Chair