HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2022

 

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:

Friday, February 4, 2022

TIME:

10:00 a.m.

PLACE:

VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

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A G E N D A

 

HB 2466

Status

RELATING TO TARO.

Establishes an exemption from state income tax for the first $100,000 of income derived from taro, taro products, and land used to produce taro if the total amount of land used to cultivate taro in Hawaii does not exceed thirty thousand acres at any point in the year.

 

AGR, ECD, FIN

HB 1768

Status

RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF WATER RIGHTS.

Exempts the instream use of water for traditional and customary kalo cultivation practices from the existing process for disposition of water rights.

 

AGR, WAL, JHA

HB 1992

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Permits composting and co-composting operations in agricultural districts. Appropriates funds to restore an environmental health specialist IV position to the solid and hazardous waste branch of the department of health.

 

AGR, EEP, FIN

HB 2084

Status

RELATING TO IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL LANDS.

Repeals the provision for farm dwelling and farm employee housing on Important Agricultural Lands and adopts a new provision for farm cluster housing as an incentive for the designation of lands as Important Agricultural Lands pursuant to chapter 205, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

AGR, WAL, JHA

HB 1993

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LEASES.

Updates certain state leasing statutes to maximize the benefit to the State of agricultural lands and to help the State achieve its economic and food production goals.

 

AGR, WAL, CPC

HB 2306

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.

Establishes a separate fee and charge for the inspection, quarantine, and eradication of invasive species contained in air freight brought into the State, to be used for the program at the airports. Establishes a fund for the revenues to be deposited into. Appropriates funds.

 

AGR, TRN, FIN

HB 2319

Status

RELATING TO SERVICE ANIMALS.

Requires the department of agriculture to be responsible for all neighbor island inspection permit fees for service animals that are located in the State and are being transported for release at Kona, Kahului, or Lihue airports.

 

AGR, CPC, FIN

HB 2305

Status

RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Appropriates funds to the University of Hawaii for the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources to study diseases affecting the production of ornamental red ginger on Oahu and the neighbor islands.

 

AGR, HET, FIN

HB 1987

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.

Requires DLNR to conduct a point-in-time count of feral cats per island by 6/30/23. Requires the invasive species council to develop and implement a program to effectively reduce the feral cat population in the State by 12/31/25. Appropriates funds.

 

AGR, WAL, FIN

 

 

 

 

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Rep. Mark J. Hashem

Chair