STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3100
RE: S.B. No. 2711
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. 2711, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to support the State's farming industry by appropriating funds to the University of Hawaii to identify and purchase foreign agricultural technology, including small equipment tractors and retrofit engines to comply with the United States Environmental Protection Agency emission standards for small engines.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Agriculture; University of Hawaii System; Waihale Products; Ohana Farm Orchards; Ulupalakua Ranch; Maui Chamber of Commerce; Hawaii Cattlemen's Council; Hawaii Farm Bureau; Hawaii Crop Improvement Association; Land Use Research Foundation Hawaii; Hawaiian Flower Gardens, Inc.; Onopops Kauai; Hawaii Coconut Protectors LLC; Ulupono Initiative; Maui County Farm Bureau; Ponoholo Ranch; and numerous individuals.
Your Committee finds that this measure supports the State's farming industry by assisting small farms in obtaining improved technology and equipment to increase efficiency and production.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and
(2) Making technical nonsubstantive amendments 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. 2711, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2711, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair