HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2020

 

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

Rep. Richard P. Creagan, Chair

Rep. Lynn DeCoite, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Rida Cabanilla Arakawa

Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi

Rep. Romy M. Cachola

Rep. Amy A. Perruso

Rep. Daniel Holt

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

 

AMENDED NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

TIME:

8:35 am.

PLACE:

Conference Room 312

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A M E N D E D A G E N D A

 

 

The following measure(s) has been DELETED from the agenda: HB2181, HB1888, HB1766, HB2569, HB2163

 

 

HB 2032

Status

RELATING TO THE STATE SNAIL.

Designates pupu kuahiwi (Laminella sanguinea) as the official state snail.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1890

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Expands the permitted activities and uses within the state land use agricultural district to include livestock production.

 

AGR, JUD

HB 2041

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Appropriates moneys to the Department of Agriculture for 3 full-time equivalent (3.0 FTE) inspectors to perform meat inspection services.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2030

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Makes an appropriation to fund 1 full-time equivalent (1.0 FTE) agricultural appraiser position within the Department of Agriculture.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2643

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL INSPECTIONS.

Requires the department of agriculture to conduct preclearance quarantine inspections prior to direct travel to or from the State. Appropriates funds to implement a preclearance quarantine inspection.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2532

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.

Appropriates funds to the Department of Agriculture for its efforts to mitigate and control two-lined spittlebug infestations in the State.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2275

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Grant Program under the Department of Agriculture. Allows the Department to make grants to start new commercial farms and ranches. Makes appropriation.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2181

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Appropriates funds to the Department of Agriculture to establish a foreign agriculture small equipment pilot program. Requires a report to the Legislature.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1888

Status

RELATING TO THE PESTICIDE SUBSIDY PROGRAM.

Appropriates moneys to DOA for the pesticide subsidy program.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1766

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Appropriates moneys to the Department of Agriculture to support agriculture in the State. Authorizes any moneys appropriated to be transferred to the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2723

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION.

Requires the Department of Agriculture to collaborate with agricultural growers and researchers to develop and implement a program to safely distribute disease- and insect-free tropical plant materials to Hawaii farmers. Appropriates funds.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2167

Status

RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE.

Establishes a cover crop reimbursement pilot program to provide up to 100% cost reimbursement to farming operations in the State for acquiring cover crop seeds or green manure. Establishes a cover crop reimbursement pilot program manager position within the Department of Agriculture to administer the program. Requires a report to the Legislature. Appropriates funds.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2569

Status

RELATING TO ANIMAL CRUELTY.

Beginning 1/1/2021, prohibits the confinement of specified farm animals in a cruel manner and prohibits business owners and operators from selling certain products made from those animals.

 

AGR, JUD

HB 2163

Status

RELATING TO VETERINARY MEDICINE.

Prohibit an animal's owner, and the owner's employees, from performing any surgical procedure, including surgical birth, ear cropping, tail docking, or debarking, without being licensed as a veterinarian. Makes it a class C felony to intentionally or knowingly perform any surgical procedure, including surgical birth, ear cropping, tail docking, or debarking, on a pet animal by any person who is not licensed as a veterinarian. Specifies that accepted veterinary practices and cropping or docking as customarily practiced shall not be considered cruelty to animals in the first degree if performed by a licensed veterinarian. Adds the use of castration bands to neuter pet animals to the offense of cruelty to animals in the second degree.

 

AGR, JUD

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Richard P. Creagan

Chair