STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1230-20


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2020


RE:   S.B. No. 2701

      H.D. 2





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2701, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to grant county agencies the right to enter property to investigate agricultural buildings for violations of, and compliance with, building permit and building code exemption requirements.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of Planning, Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Farm Bureau, and Hawaii Cattlemen's Council.  Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual.


     Your Committee finds that existing law exempts certain types of agricultural buildings from building permit and building code requirements.  However, your Committee also finds that agricultural buildings are sometimes illegally used for residential purposes.  This measure explicitly grants county agencies the authority to exercise their enforcement powers and help prevent the misuse of agricultural buildings that are exempt from building permit and building code requirements.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Changing the effective date to upon approval; and


     (2)  Making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2701, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2701, H.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,