HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2021

 

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

Rep. Mark J. Hashem, Chair

Rep. Amy A. Perruso, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen

Rep. Chris Todd

Rep. Lisa Marten

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Scot Z. Matayoshi

Rep. Lauren Matsumoto

 

 

DATE:

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

TIME:

10:00 a.m.

PLACE:

VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

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A G E N D A

 

HB 702

Status

RELATING TO FARM TO SCHOOL PROCUREMENT.

Requires the department of education to establish rules for the procurement of goods and services related to the administration of food programs at public schools that incorporate a geographic preference for unprocessed locally grown and locally raised food products. Except for the provision relating to Hawaii products, exempts the department's food program from the Hawaii public procurement code.

 

AGR, EDN, FIN

HB 549

Status

RELATING TO MEASUREMENT STANDARDS.

Transfers the oversight and regulation of measurement standards in the State from the department of agriculture to the department of commerce and consumer affairs.

 

AGR, CPC, FIN

HB 681

Status

RELATING TO MANAGEMENT OF STATE FUNDS.

Establishes linked investments to provide loan funds for agriculture and authorizes the State to invest in linked investments. Appropriates funds to the department of budget and finance to hire one position to administer the linked investment program.

 

AGR, ECD, FIN

HB 767

Status

RELATING TO THE FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM.

Moves the Hawaii farm to school program from the department of agriculture to the department of education. Establishes a programmatic goal for the department of education that at least thirty per cent of food served in public schools shall consist of locally sourced products by 2030. Creates an annual reporting requirement.

 

AGR, EDN, FIN

HB 461

Status

RELATING TO COFFEE LABELING.

Expands the coffee labeling and advertising requirements to include ready-to-drink coffee beverages and inner packaging or wrapping labels. Requires coffee blend labels to disclose geographic and regional origins with the percent by weight of each origin, while gradually increasing the minimum percentage of coffee by weight required to be able to use a geographic origin on a label or advertisement. Clarifies that the use of the term "All Hawaiian" is prohibited when the coffee product is not produced entirely from green coffee beans grown and processed in Hawaii.

 

AGR, ECD, CPC

HB 685

Status

RELATING TO RAW MILK.

Authorizes the direct sale of raw milk and raw milk products to consumers, with certain restrictions. Specifies labeling requirements for raw milk and raw milk products.

 

AGR, CPC, FIN

HB 409

Status

RELATING TO ANIMAL CARETAKERS.

Requires the Department of Health to contract with a nonprofit animal rescue group to oversee caretakers of feral cats and mongooses. Exempts registered caretakers of feral cats and mongooses from state laws and county ordinances relating to the feeding and confinement of cats and mongooses. Establishes a trap-sterilize-return process.

 

AGR, JHA, FIN

 

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Rep. Mark J. Hashem

Chair