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Gov. Ige vetoes 8 bills but reverses decision on giving Hawaii a police standards board.

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Hawaii's getting a police standards board. It's job will be to develop standards and training programs for all law enforcement, including county police officers, state public safety officers, and any state agency employee with police powers.

Hawaii was the only state not to have a police standards board, but creating the board almost didn't happen.

House Bill 2071 establishes this board, but Governor David Ige planned to veto it. The governor changed his mind, but he will not sign it.

Ige says he's allowing it because he recognizes the need for accountability and public confidence in law enforcement.

"I do believe that its not funded at the level that it needs to be," said Gov. Ige. "There's a lot of work that needs to be done, and the timeline, I think, is just not realistic."

Island News reached out to all county police departments for a response. Honolulu's Police Chief Susan Ballard said: "The HPD supports the intent of House Bill 2071. While the Department still has concerns, we remain committed to regaining the public's trust and creating standards that will best serve the people of Hawaii."

Another bill the Governor did not veto Tuesday allows motorcyclists to drive in designated shoulder lanes, but only when the Department of Transportation says they can. It too will become law without the governor's signature. Ige believes there's still safety concerns, and he'll work with HIDOT to determine when and where shoulders will be accessible to motorcycles. 

Governor Ige did veto eight bills Tuesday, including one allowing patients to use medical cannabis to treat opioid addiction, substance abuse, or withdrawal symptoms. Another bill vetoed would have expanded the Transient Accommodations Tax by adding resort fees.

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