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

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

TIME:

10:00 a.m.

PLACE:

VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

 

 

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A G E N D A

 

HB 236

Status

RELATING TO COFFEE PEST CONTROL.

Extends the sunset date for the coffee berry borer pesticide subsidy program and the program manager position, including the position's civil service and collective bargaining laws exemption, to 06/30/2024. Provides that no single coffee grower shall receive more than $6,000 for each pest per year in subsidies between 06/30/2021, and 07/01/2023.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 515, HD1

(HSCR158)

Status

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

Requires the auditor to audit the department of education's school food services branch to determine how much local produce is being purchased and served to students. Effective 7/1/2050. (HD1)

 

EDN, AGR, FIN

HB 8

Status

RELATING TO FOOD SECURITY.

Establishes the Hawaii food security initiative program within the department of agriculture.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 531, HD1

(HSCR251)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LANDS.

Requires the procurement policy board to adopt rules for criteria that will provide preference to small businesses for the use of state agricultural lands to promote the growth and development of small businesses. Effective 7/1/2112. (HD1)

 

GVR, AGR, FIN

HB 770

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Establishes a task force to review and recommend specific actions to ensure that Hawaii's food imports are sourced, transported, stored, and distributed in compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act; and develop specific recommendations to ensure that all foods and brands imported into Hawaii do not mislead or confuse the public.

 

AGR, FIN

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING

 

The following measure(s) were previously heard on February 12, 2021. No public testimony will be accepted.

 

HB 1271

Status

RELATING TO THE AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

Dissolves the agribusiness development corporation and transfers all lands and staff, except for the executive director, to the department of agriculture.

 

AGR, FIN

 

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Mark J. Hashem

Chair