STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2450
RE: S.B. No. 2719
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Agriculture and Environment, to which was referred S.B. No. 2719 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Agriculture; Hawaii Cattlemen's Council, Inc.; Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii; Hawaii Crop Improvement Association; Hawai‘i Farm Bureau; and thirty individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from Animal Rights Hawaii.
Your Committee finds that the feral pig population has been particularly damaging on farms and ranches statewide, where their numbers have been growing exponentially. Your Committee also notes that feral pigs pose a significant threat to local economies by destroying agricultural crops and livestock, damaging Hawaii's ecology by invasive seed dispersal and competition with native wildlife, and posing a threat to human health and safety.
Your Committee further finds that appropriating funds to the Department of Agriculture to provide grants for fencing and corral traps, and to introduce a program to reduce feral pig populations, will help protect the land and agricultural communities.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Requiring the Department of Agriculture to work in collaboration with the Department of Land and Natural Resources to increase feral pig control;
(2) Inserting an appropriation amount of $1,000,000 for feral pig control; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Agriculture and Environment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2719, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2719, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Agriculture and Environment,
MIKE GABBARD, Chair