HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE AQUATIC LIFE AND WILDLIFE ADVISORY COMMITTEES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on the world economy. The complexities of dealing with a worldwide health crisis have added additional layers of uncertainty that may increase the time needed for recovery. As a result of this, the State has initiated a fiscal biennium 2021-2023 program review to identify ways to:
(1) Reduce expenditures;
(2) Identify programs, functions, and activities for possible elimination that, although well-intentioned, are of marginal benefit, low-performing, or of lesser priority; and
(3) Identify cost-saving opportunities in core and primary programs and services through tightening program eligibility, reducing program benefits, improving efficiency, or cost shifting.
The legislature further finds that the department of land and natural resources (department), after thorough review and much scrutiny, has determined that the aquatic life and wildlife advisory committees have rarely convened or been needed, and as such, are outdated. While this Act would reduce the size of the animal species advisory commission by removing the chairs of the aquatic life and wildlife advisory committees from the animal species advisory commission, the department believes that there is still sufficient representation on the animal species advisory commission to carry out its duties. The department is also able to administratively convene a like advisory committee if it deems necessary.
The purpose of this Act is to repeal the aquatic life and wildlife advisory committees and make conforming amendments.
SECTION 2. Section 197-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by repealing the definition of "committee".
"Committee" means the aquatic life
and wildlife advisory committee established in each of the counties of the
SECTION 3. Section 197-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
"(a) There is established within the department an
animal species advisory commission which may serve in an advisory capacity to
the board. The commission shall consist
thirteen] nine members to be appointed by the governor in the
manner provided in section 26-34. [ The
chairperson of each aquatic life and wildlife advisory committee established
pursuant to this chapter and three] Three members of the department
designated by the chairperson of the department, and no less than
one each from the professional fields of aquatic life, wildlife, and conservation
and resources enforcement, shall serve as members of the commission. Six of the members shall be scientists in the
fields of botany, mammalogy, ichthyology, entomology, ornithology, and invertebrate
zoology. The commission shall select its
SECTION 4. Section 197-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.
§197-4 Aquatic life and wildlife advisory committees . (a)
There is established in each of the counties of the State an aquatic
life and wildlife advisory committee. Each
committee shall be composed of members of the board representing the county, who
shall serve ex officio and shall be nonvoting members, and five members
appointed by the governor in accordance with section 26-34, who shall be
knowledgeable in the taking and conservation of aquatic life and wildlife. The members shall serve for four-year
terms. Each committee shall select its
own chairperson from its voting members, and three voting members shall
constitute a quorum. Members of the
committees shall receive no compensation but shall be reimbursed by the board
for all necessary expenses, including stenographic services. (b) A committee shall meet at the call of its
chairperson or of any three of its members for the consideration of any matter
affecting the taking and conservation of aquatic life and wildlife within the
county, including proposed rules and the enforcement thereof. Each committee may hear such persons and
acquire such information as it desires and shall communicate its findings and recommendations
to the department."]
Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Aquatic Life and Wildlife Advisory Committees; Repeal
Repeals the aquatic life and wildlife advisory committees and makes conforming amendments. (HD1)
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