STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2945

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: H.B. No. 1580

H.D. 1

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2016

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Judiciary and Labor, to which was referred H.B. No. 1580, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE WEED AND SEED STRATEGY,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds for grants to maintain and expand the weed and seed strategy.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of the Attorney General; Meadow Gold Dairies; Ewa Makai Middle School; Ilima Intermediate School; First Hawaiian Bank, Ward Branch; McDonald's of Ewa Beach; and nine individuals.

 

Your Committees find that the weed and seed strategy is a collaborative effort among federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and residents to reclaim, restore, and rebuild communities. The program has proven to be an effective tool for law enforcement in Hawaii, with great benefits to the community in general. This measure will help maintain and support the weed and seed strategy in the future. However, your Committees note that the appropriation of funds in this measure must be more finely tailored so as to not interfere with existing items on the executive budget for the Department of the Attorney General.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Clarifying that the appropriation shall be made as a grant to Empower Oahu; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Judiciary and Labor that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1580, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1580, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Judiciary and Labor,

 

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GILBERT S.C. KEITH-AGARAN, Chair

 

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CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair