Legislation designed to reduce water rates for homesteaders on Molokai received approval last week from members of the joint Senate Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Agriculture.
Besides lowering water rates for homesteaders who use the Molokai Irrigation System, House Bill 1483 will also require the Department of Agriculture to forgive past due bills owed by Molokai homestead farmers. The collection of past due bills has been a contentious issue for the MIS Water User Advisory Board for several years.
The legislation, introduced by Representative Mele Carroll, will now go to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means for consideration.
“I am very happy and grateful for the passing of House Bill 1483 HD1 by the joint Senate Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Agriculture,” said Carroll.
“With the severe economic impacts facing Molokai and its residents on a daily basis, HB1483 HD1 will help to bring some much needed relief to Molokai’s homestead farmers, whose very lives are dependent on the availability of affordable water,” Carroll added. “House Bill 1483 HD1 provides an additional instrument for the necessary financial relief that is imperative to sustain their livelihood.”