HONOLULU – Big Island Representative Cindy Evans (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala) has successfully steered four bills through the House aimed at strengthening and improving hunting activities in the state. The measures now cross over to the Senate for its consideration.
“These measures will help us to manage and keep our forests healthy, not only for hunting but as a way to strengthen our conservation efforts,” said Evans, who chairs the House Committee on Water and Land. “In addition, one of the measures gives us the opportunity to assist our disabled veterans in the pursuit of this outdoor activity.”
The package includes the following bills:
HB1902 HD2 requires the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to make reasonable efforts to prevent and mitigate the loss, destruction, or degradation of public hunting areas. Establishes the hunting advisory commission. Requires DLNR to report to the legislature regarding public hunting lands.
HB1901 HD2 establishes a task force in DLNR to make recommendations regarding participation in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
HB1907 HD1 authorizes DLNR to offer lifetime hunting licenses at a steeply discounted rate to qualified disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart.
HB1903 HD1 designates June as “Outdoor Heritage Month” to celebrate Hawaii’s natural environment and recreational activities. This bill has been assigned to Senate committees on Energy and Environment (ENE), Economic Development, Government Operations and Housing (EGH), and Technology and the Arts (TEC).