STAND. COM. REP. NO. 859
RE: H.B. No. 1017
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 1017 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CRUSTACEANS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to repeal statutory language prohibiting the taking, killing, and possession of female spiny lobsters, Kona crabs, and Samoan crabs to instead allow the Department of Land and Natural Resources to regulate the taking, killing, and possession of these animals through administrative rules.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Lokahi Fishing, LLC; Waialua Boat Club; Hawai‘i Fishermen’s Alliance for Conservation and Tradition, Inc.; Moana Ohana; and six individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual.
Your Committee finds that this measure would enable the Department of Land and Natural Resources to adopt more appropriate, science-based regulations for the management of crustaceans through the administrative rulemaking process, under chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes, which provides ample opportunity for public input in the development of rules.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of style, clarity, and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1017, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1017, H.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,
MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair