More Bills to Watch: Coffee Borers, Solar power, Lava Insurance, Videoconferencing, Pesticides, “Right to Farm”

Rep. Nicole Lowen (D-Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokahau(  has introduced the following:

HB 482 (SB598): Related to Agriculture: would provide state subsidies for coffee farmers attempting to control invasive coffee borers with pesticides.

HB484    Related to Energy. Creates a “community-based energy tariff” system to facilitate solar

HB786 Relating to Videoconferencing:  Requires both chambers of the legislature to implement rules to permit residents to present testimony through audiovisual technology.

Some other measures people may be interested in:

HB849  Related to Agriculture. Establishes disclosure requirements for outdoor applications of pesticides in proximity to schools, childcare facilities, and certain commercial agricultural entities. Establishes reasonable pesticide buffer zones for sensitive areas. Establishes penalties.  Prohibits counties from passing “laws, ordinances, or resolutions to limit the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in agricultural practices.”  Among the bill’s introducers: Clift Tsuji  (Keaukaha, Hilo, Panaewa, Waiakea) Richard Onishi (D-Hilo, Kea’au, Kurtistown, Volcano), Mark Nakashima  (D: Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo) and Cindy Evans (D: North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala) NOTE: Hearing coming up before the House Agriculture Committee tomorrow, Thursday Feb. 5

HB1514  Related to Environmental Protection. Establishes disclosure requirements for outdoor applications of pesticides in proximity to schools, childcare facilities, and certain commercial agricultural entities. Establishes reasonable pesticide buffer zones for sensitive areas. Establishes penalties. NOTE: Hearing coming up before the House Energy and Environmental Protection  Committee this Thursday Feb. 5 Committee tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 5

HB380:  Related to the Hawaii Property Insurance Association. Breaks the HPIA’s moratorium on re-insuring properties in the lava zone.  Sponsors include the entire Big Island House delegation. NOTE: scheduled for hearing at House Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee TODAY AT 2:45 p.m.

Go to the attached links to track the bills and/or submit testimony.

 

 

1 reply
  1. steve danner
    steve danner says:

    It looks like HB849 is tying a good pesticide ordinance with a green light for GMO. Although the bill is self contradictory, as in “rights to engage in ag. practices” would seem to allow spraying poison anywhere.

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