Nicole Gi: : US House Hawaii District 2

In a federal court class action lawsuit, Kona coffee farmers have recovered more than $15 million in settlement payments from companies accused of marketing fraudulent Kona coffee. More effective than lawsuits, however, would be active enforcement of fair labeling laws by the FDA.  What ideas do you have to accomplish that? I believe we can…

2022 Candidate Question: Virtual Testimony

< 2022 Candidate Questionnaire Because of COVID, the Legislature set up a system for testimony at committee hearings via Zoom. For neighbor island residents, this system for live virtual testimony (like what the Alaska Legislature and the Hawaii County Council have had in place for years) allowed Kona residents to give testimony in 2021 and…

2022 Candidate Question: HDOA Budget

< 2022 Candidate Questionnaire The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has said repeatedly over the last number of years that its budget has been cut so drastically that it cannot perform the various tasks assigned to it by the Legislature. The HDOA’s share of the State’s annual budget is less than one-half of one percent (<.005).…

2022 Candidate Question: USDA Inspection

< 2022 Candidate Questionnaire Question: When we fly to the mainland, USDA agents scan luggage and remove fruits, vegetables and other plant material to prevent damage to mainland farms. When we fly into Hawaii, there is a voluntary disclosure system and “Amnesty Bins”–and no involvement on the part of the USDA. What are your ideas…