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Gov. Ige slated to sign several bills into law that will have an affect on many

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Governor David Ige is signing several bills into law Thursday. Among those laws-protecting the Affordable Care Act in Hawaii under the Trump Administration, the speeding up of rape kit processing, equal pay, and paid family sick leave. 

  • Federal Affordable Care Act:
    • Senate bill 23-40 ensures certain benefits under the Federal Affordable Care Act are preserved under Hawaii law. 
    • This new law will protect and maintain certain aspects of the health care act for Hawaii residents under the trump administration.
    • Once signed into law, the bill continues dependent coverage for adult children up to 26-years-old, that means if you can remain on your parents plan up until you turn 26.
  • Speeding up rape kit processing:
    • A program to speed up the processing of rape kits, will provide some peace of mind for survivors of sexual assault.
    • That team will also have to develop protocol, policies and procedures for sexual assault programs in Hawaii. 
    • Under this new law, counties will have to submit an annual, statewide inventory of rape kits to the senate president and speaker of the house. 
  • Police officers and domestic violence:
    • The bill that could be signed into law would protect officer-involved domestic violence victims.
    • This comes after an off-duty Honolulu Police Sergeant was caught on surveillance video punching his girlfriend in a Waipahu restaurant in 2014.  
    • The sergeant was not arrested at the scene, responding officers failed to file a report.  An Oahu grand jury later determined there was not enough evidence to indict the sergeant.
    • If signed into law, those who wish to report this kind of abuse would not have to file a notarized or sworn written statement.
  • Equal Pay Bill:
    • The bill prohibits employers from asking a job applicant's wage or salary history during a hiring process.
    • Employees will also be allowed to know what each other are making to help close the gap.
  • Paid family leave:
  • The bill calls for a study so that state lawmakers can determine how to better set up a paid family leave program for the state of Hawaii.
  • Lawmakers want to make sure they know how mandating PTO will impact both employers and employees before implementing any new standards.
  • More protection for foster children:
    • At any given time there are 1,100 children in foster care here in Hawaii.
    • A new law is now giving those kids more rights and more protection.
    • It strengthens the rights already provided to foster kids and clarifies what they are entitled to. For example, they have the right to attend or refuse church services based on their own beliefs, have access to their personal documents, the right to an attorney and a bank account. It also allows them to get a driver's license and participate in sports or extracurricular activities. 
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