STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3308
RE: S.B. No. 2623
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. 2623, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COFFEE BERRY BORER,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to extend the coffee berry borer pesticide subsidy program and pesticide subsidy program manager position.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Agriculture, County of Hawaii Mayor's Office, Hawaii Farm Bureau, Kona Coffee Farmers Association, Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, Maui Chamber of Commerce, and two individuals.
Your Committee finds that extending the sunset date of the pesticide subsidy program will help to ensure that the program remains available to assist coffee growers' efforts to protect the growers' crops against the coffee berry borer.
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 changes 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. 2623, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2623, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair