STAND. COM. REP. NO. 848

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2023

 

RE: H.B. No. 615

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 615, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO RESTRICTIONS ON AGRICULTURAL USES AND ACTIVITIES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to clarify that any provision in a private agreement contained in a conveyance of land recorded on or before July 8, 2003, that limits or prohibits agricultural use or activity and has since expired but has not been renewed and recorded in the Bureau of Conveyances is void.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Agriculture, Office of Planning and Sustainable Development, and Hawaii Farm Bureau. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual.

 

Your Committee finds that restrictive covenants that limit agricultural uses on agricultural lands undermine the State's interest in protecting and preserving agricultural resources and promoting agricultural self-sufficiency. This measure seeks to promote agricultural use by deeming void any provision in a private agreement contained in a conveyance of land recorded on or before July 8, 2003, that limits or prohibits agricultural use or activity and has since expired, even if it has not been renewed and recorded in the Bureau of Conveyances.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 615, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,

 

 

 

 

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MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair