4:01 PM EST

Colleen Wakako Hanabusa, D-HI 1st

Ms. HANABUSA. Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk

The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will designate the amendment.

The text of the amendment is as follows:

Page 25, on line 15, strike ``and'', on line 20, strike the period and insert ``; and'', and after line 20 insert the following:

``(H) the best estimate, based upon commercial and scientific data, of the expected increase in domestic production of geothermal, solar, wind, or other renewable energy sources from `available lands' (as such term is defined in section 203 of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 (42 Stat. 108 et seq.), and including any other lands deemed by the Territory or State of Hawaii, as the case may be, to be included within that definition) that the agency or department of the government of the

State of Hawaii that is responsible for the administration of such lands selects to be used for such energy production.

The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to House Resolution 419, the gentlewoman from Hawaii (Ms. Hanabusa) and a Member opposed each will control 5 minutes.

The Chair recognizes the gentlewoman from Hawaii.

4:01 PM EST

Colleen Wakako Hanabusa, D-HI 1st

Ms. HANABUSA. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Chairman, this amendment is nearly identical to one I proposed last Congress to a similar Natural Resources bill numbered H.R. 4480, which was agreed to by a voice vote.

This amendment simply adds to title II, the Planning for America Energy Act of 2013, a subsection (h), which essentially mirrors the language found in a prior subsection addressing Native American tribal lands. This particular amendment requires the inclusion of Hawaiian Homes Commission Act lands.

As you know, Hawaii is in a unique situation in that, in 1920, this Congress created the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act; and there is a special body of approximately 203,000 acres of land which is under the control of Congress. Congress approves whether or not things can be amended in the act. Even upon statehood, that right was retained.

This amendment seeks to have those Hawaiian Home lands that the State agency or department responsible for the administration of these lands has selected to be used for the very development of geothermal, solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources included in the Quadrennial Federal Onshore Energy Production Strategy. It has no implications other than the fact that these lands could be used for renewable energy development and that these lands have somehow become forgotten, but do necessarily

fall under Federal jurisdiction.

4:03 PM EST

Colleen Wakako Hanabusa, D-HI 1st

Ms. HANABUSA. Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.

The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from Hawaii (Ms. Hanabusa).

The amendment was agreed to.



The Acting CHAIR. It is now in order to consider amendment No. 6 printed in House Report 113-271.