Measure Title: RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Report Title: Agriculture; Hawaii-grown Coffee; Penal Code
Description: Makes the offense of false labeling as to the geographic origin of Hawaii-grown coffee a class C felony. Authorizes the department of agriculture to adopt administrative rules relating to the inspection and documentation of the geographic origin of Hawaii-grown green coffee beans. Removes the requirement that all Hawaii-grown green coffee beans shall be inspected and certified by the Department of Agriculture unless otherwise specified by rules of the Department. Requires that no Hawaii-grown coffee beans shall be shipped outside the area of their geographic origin unless they have been marked with or contain documentation of geographic origin approved by the department of agriculture. (HB280 CD1)

Description
The purpose of this bill is to repeal requirement that all Hawaii-grown green coffee beans be inspected and certified by DOA for grade and origin and related prohibition on shipping uninspected green coffee beans outside area of geographic origin.
Version HD1 of this bill removes requirement that DOA inspect and certify all Hawaii-grown green coffee beans unless otherwise specified by DOA rules; removes prohibition on shipping Hawaii-grown green coffee beans outside area of geographic origin unless they have been inspected by DOA.
Cuts bureaucratic red tape by eliminating lengthy delays caused by necessity of DOA inspections. Also allows green coffee beans to be shipped out of their district much faster, thus simplifying business operations and alleviating storage problems for coffee growers.

Supporters
Kona Coffee Council, Hawaii Coffee Company, Hawaii Coffee Association, Rural Kona Mill and Museum, Greenwell Farms, Hawaii Coffee Growers Association, Dole Food Company, Captain Cook Coffee Company, McDonalds of Hawaii, numerous individuals.

Contact: repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

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