STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1697

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    H.C.R. No. 212

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 212 entitled:

 

"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES TO CONSULT WITH HAWAII SMALL SCALE FARMERS, HAWAII SMALL SCALE PRODUCERS, AND AFFECTED PARTIES ON THE OFFSETTING OF COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to better enable Hawaii's small farmers to maintain viable farm operations.

 

     Specifically, the measure requests the United States Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to participate in meaningful consultation with Hawaii small scale farmers, Hawaii small scale producers, and affected parties for the purpose of providing financial relief to offset the costs associated with the implementation of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Agriculture and the Hawaii Farm Bureau.

 

     Your Committee finds that in January 2013, the Food and Drug Administration published Produce Safety and Preventive Control Rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, in addition to six proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act.  Your Committee further finds that many Hawaii small scale farmers are particularly vulnerable to costs associated with conforming to the standards outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act.  Your Committee believes that meaningful consultation between federal and state agencies and Hawaii's small scale farmers, as requested by this measure, will help address the unique financial burdens borne by local farmers.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 212, and recommends its adoption.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,

 

 

 

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JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair