Abercrombie signing bills on marijuana, security

Published  12:43 PM HST Jun 25, 2013

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is signing five bills in a series of afternoon ceremonies at the Capitol.

One bill to be signed Tuesday establishes state homeland security office. Another transfers control of the state's medical marijuana program to the Department of Health. The marijuana program will be transferring from the Public Safety Department.

The other measures clarify laws for professional employer organizations, give county fire chiefs power on building permits and limit owner-builders applying for contract licenses.

The homeland security office will operate within the state's Department of Defense. The bill says the goal will be to provide a comprehensive program to protect Hawaii's people, infrastructure and government from terrorism.

The law requires state officials to coordinate their plans as much as possible with the federal government.

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