(BIVN) – Five bills became Hawaiʻi law on Wednesday, without Governor Josh Green’s signature.
“While Governor Green may not fully support this legislation,” a State news release said, “these bills will become law without his signature because on balance, they are more beneficial than objectionable, and reflect strong stakeholder support for these measures.”
The five bills are as follows:
- SB45 SD1 HD2, Relating to Minors, which will be enacted as Act 259
Description: Allows minors 16 years of age or older and emancipated minors to petition for domestic abuse protective orders.
- HB161 HD1 SD1 CD1, Relating to Collective Bargaining, which will be enacted as Act 260
Description: Establishes that the representative of labor on the Hawaiʻi Labor Relations Board shall be a person selected by a majority of the exclusive representatives of the collective bargaining units.
- HB717 HD1 SD2 CD1, Relating to Nepotism, which will be enacted as Act 261
Description: Prohibits, under certain circumstances, state employees from appointing, hiring, promoting, or retaining relatives and household members and from making or participating in certain other employment-related decisions and from awarding a contract to or otherwise taking official action on a contract with a business if the employee’s relative or household member is an executive officer of or holds a substantial ownership interest in that business.
- HB923 HD1 SD1 CD1, Relating to Bonds, which will be enacted as Act 262
Description: Requires (1) counties with a private activity bond issuance program to exhaust their allotment before applying to the state for the state allocation and (2) the state, if it receives a county allocation, to award that same amount to project or projects in that county.
- HB1359 HD2 SD2 CD1, Relating to Hemp, which will be enacted as Act 263
Description: Repeals redundant regulations on hemp production; recognizes the unique constraints of Hawaiʻi farmers; permits the licensure of hemp producers to sell hemp biomass; establishes of the Hawaiʻi Hemp Task Force.
Governor Green has enacted 263 of the 274 bills passed during the 2023 legislative session. From the State news release:
As of July 12, Governor Green hosted 18 bill signing ceremonies covering topics from good governance, affordable housing, destination management at state parks, to protections for victims of domestic violence, traffic safety, and cost of living.
Governor Green also signed more than 100 additional bills, separate from the ceremonial signings in his public office.
Governor Green issued 11 vetoes on July 7, due to serious legal and programmatic concerns.
He thanks legislative leaders and key stakeholders for helping pass important legislation for our state’s priorities. “While this past session was chaotic toward the end, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature still managed to support major areas for our residents. Critical funding was passed to shore up our statewide health care system, address housing and homelessness, take on climate initiatives, and lower the cost of living for residents. “We’ve balanced the budget and I look forward to executing on the successes of last session,” said Governor Green.