HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2468

TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2014

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to agricultural facilities.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1.  One of the missions of the department of business, economic development, and tourism is to promote industrial development and economic diversification by supporting existing and emerging industries, increasing exports of Hawaii products, and expanding Hawaii's participation in global trade and commerce.  The department has prepared a statewide comprehensive economic development strategy.  The strategy's report for the island of Hawaii found that, because of the island's strong orientation toward diversified agriculture, development of a central marketing facility for collection, consolidation, packing, and shipping of products continues to be a priority.  As a means of achieving this priority, agricultural exporters have expressed interest in utilizing the relatively unused foreign trade zone no. 9 located in Hilo.

The legislature also recognizes that agriculture is and has been a major economic driver of the county of Hawaii.  To preserve this economic driver and increase its value, the department of business, economic development, and tourism, in collaboration with the department of agriculture, should perform planning, and economic impact and feasibility studies, for one or more facilities on the island of Hawaii for quarantine inspection, quarantine treatment, deconsolidation, and consolidation of agricultural commodities for both import and export.

The purpose of this Act is to authorize the department of business, economic development, and tourism, in collaboration with the department of agriculture to:

(1)  Perform planning and feasibility studies for one or more quarantine inspection, quarantine treatment, deconsolidation, and consolidation facilities on the island of Hawaii; and

(2)  Perform a marketing and economic impact analysis for one or more of the facilities.

SECTION 2.  (a)  The department of business, economic development, and tourism, in collaboration with the department Of agriculture, is authorized to:

(1)  Perform planning and feasibility studies for one or more quarantine inspection, quarantine treatment, deconsolidation, and consolidation facilities on the island of Hawaii; and

(2)  Perform a marketing and economic impact analysis for one or more of the facilities.

(b)  The studies and analysis shall include, in addition to foreign trade zone no. 9 in Hilo, the following alternative locations:

(1)  The land parcel managed by the department of business, economic development, and tourism currently housing the foreign trade zone neighboring the Hilo International Airport; and

(2)  On the west side of the island, the Kawaihae Harbor area that is proposed for biosecurity facilities by the department of transportation, harbors division.

SECTION 3.  The department of business, economic development, and tourism shall submit a report to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2015 on the status of the planning and feasibility study, and marketing and economic analysis, for one or more facilities on the island of Hawaii to be used for quarantine inspection, quarantine treatment, deconsolidation, and consolidation of incoming and outgoing agricultural commodities.  The report shall also contain recommendations and propose necessary legislation, if any, to achieve the purpose of this Act.

SECTION 4.  There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $          or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2014-2015 for planning, marketing, and economic analysis for one or more facilities on the island of Hawaii to be used for quarantine inspection, quarantine treatment, deconsolidation, and consolidation of incoming and outgoing agricultural commodities.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of business, economic development, and tourism for the purposes of this Act.

     SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2014.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Agricultural Quarantine Facility; Studies; Appropriation

 

Description:

Authorizes DBEDT, in collaboration with DOA, to perform studies and analysis relating to establishing facilities on the Island of Hawaii for quarantine inspection and treatment and handling incoming and outgoing commodities.  Appropriation.  Effective July 1, 2014.

 

 

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