House Bill 1483 HD1, Reducing Department of Agriculture Water Rates for Moloka’i Irrigation Users and Providing Relief for Moloka’i Homestead Farmers Passes Joint Senate Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Agriculture

In News Release on March 23, 2011 at 7:47 pmHONOLULU—On Monday, March 21, 2011, the members of the joint Senate Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Agriculture voted to pass House Bill 1483 HD1 with technical amendments. Introduced by Representative Mele Carroll, House Bill 1483 HD1 directs the Department of Agriculture to provide water to Moloka’i Irrigation System users who lease tracts of land under Section 207 of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 as amended, at a reduced rate.

House Bill 1483 will now go to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means for consideration.

Rep. Mele Carroll said, “I am very happy and grateful for the passing of House Bill 1483 HD1 by the joint Senate Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Agriculture. With the severe economic impacts facing Moloka’i and its residents on a daily basis, HB1483 HD1 will help to bring some much needed relief to Moloka’i’s homestead farmers, whose very lives are dependent on the availability of affordable water. House Bill 1483 HD1 provides an additional instrument for the necessary financial relief that is imperative to sustain their livelihood.”

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Contributed by Representative Mele Carrol