STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3359
RE: S.B. No. 2191
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2191 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO A WATER STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR CERTAIN AGRICULTURAL LAND IN WAHIAWA, OAHU,"
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 construction costs of a water storage and distribution system on certain agricultural lands owned by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Agribusiness Development Corporation, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Farm Bureau, Alii Pauahi Hawaiian Civic Club, and five individuals.
Your Committee finds that the capital improvement project in Wahiawa funded by this measure will allow the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to advance shared objectives of both that office and the State in the development of these lands. Your Committee further finds that the project will promote diversified agriculture, enhance food security and climate resiliency, and protect the culturally significant sites nearby.
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. 2191 and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair