Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed into law 16 bills in five separate ceremonies.
One bill establishes voter registration at absentee polling places beginning in 2016 and adds voter registration at precinct polling places on Election Day, starting in 2018.
Maui representative Kaniela Ing introduced House Bill 2590. It's designed to help address Hawaii's low voter turnout and streamline voting systems and its associated costs.
“Governor Abercrombie and the 2014 Legislature are to be congratulated for making voting in Hawaii more accessible to our citizens. By this action, voters in Hawaii will be able to go to the polls in increasing numbers, thus changing the pattern of low voter turnout of recent years,” said League of Women Voters President Ann Shaver.
Abercrombie also signed seven health related bills. Those include Senate Bill 1233 which ensures an employee will not be fired for being a living organ donor. It also includes House Bill 2400, which provides employees with temporary disabilities benefits during and after surgery.
Glen Hayashida, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, anticipates these bills will encourage more individuals to become organ donors.
The foundation says one out of every seven Hawaii residents suffers from kidney disease. That is 30 percent higher than the national average.