HONOLULU, Hawaii – Tuesday was a good day for Hilo at the state Capitol.
Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui, who is acting as the state’s top executive in the absence of Governor Neil Abercrombie, signed three bills into law that were of direct benefit to East Hawaii.
One of them was a crucial measure for a future international flight training center on the Island of Hawai‘i.
Senate Bill 1221 appropriates $100,000 to hire a program coordinator and a technical support staff member for the flight center and associated aeronautical training programs at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College.
State Senator Gil Kahele, one of the primary introducers of SB1221, was happy to have had a part in crafting the measure.
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Kahele was present for Tuesdays bill signings.
He and other elected representatives from the Big Island were also present for the signing of a measure to address the State’s primary care physician shortage.
House Bill 417 appropriates $1,800,000 for the interdisciplinary Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation Primary Care Training Program at Hilo Medical Center.
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Acting Governor Tsutsui also signed into law Senate Bill 1256, relating to the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (or PISCES).
The measure appropriates $400,000 for PISCES to help foster the development and expansion of the aerospace, robotics, and related industries in Hawaii. This is in addition to the $400,000 PISCES is receiving under Act 134, which has already been approved through the State Budget Bill.
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Among other expenses, the money will cover the purchase of a 3D laser printer that can manufacture space tools out of Hawaii’s basaltic lava rock.
PISCES’s will also be initiating a “lunar concrete” project, which will involve fabricating roads and sidewalks out of lava rock.
Acting Governor Tsutsui is serving as Acting Governor while Governor Abercrombie is in Taiwan from July 9 to 12.