STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2487
RE: S.B. No. 2701
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Agriculture and Environment, to which was referred S.B. No. 2701 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL BUILDINGS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to grant county agencies the right to enter property to investigate agricultural buildings and structures for violations of and compliance with building code exemption qualifications.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Agriculture and one individual. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Public Works of the County of Hawaii, Hawaii Association of Realtors, and one individual.
Your Committees find that the existence of non-compliant agricultural buildings threatens public health and safety. Existing law establishes specific requirements for agricultural buildings. These requirements exist to ensure appropriate usage in specified areas and to protect the well-being of the public and the land itself. However, your Committees find that there is not a sufficient mechanism in place to allow for the proper inspection of agricultural buildings to ensure that those buildings are in compliance with statutory requirements. This measure addresses the lack of on-site inspection authority of exempted agricultural buildings for appropriate county departments or agencies.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Agriculture and Environment that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2701 and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Agriculture and Environment,
MIKE GABBARD, Chair
CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair