Gov Ige to consider vetoing up to 11 new bills
Governor David Ige's in nohurry to sign-off on bills passed during the last Legislative Session, on Monday he announced nearly a dozen that reached his desk, but haven't gotten any further than that.
It's not the end of the line, but it could be close for the 11 bills Governor David Ige is considering vetoing.
One of them involves funding a state board to train and certify county and state law enforcement officers. Gov Ige says the proposal didn't sit well with Hawaii's top cops.
"The main concern that I heard from every single police chief was that they believe that they know what it is that they're pursuing and clearly they don't believe that a state wide board would add any value to what they're doing and each of the counties," said Gov. Ige.
Authorizing the use of medical cannabis to treat opioid addiction and substance abuse could also get the ax. The governor says the department of health already provides the option to patients and physicians who apply.
On the highway, lawmakers passed a bill that would allow motorcyclists to drive in designated shoulder lanes. It eases traffic, but Ige says it could also increase risks.
"There is significant concern by law-enforcement and safety and security," said Gov. Ige. "We're concerned about that measure as it would make our highways even less safe."
The clock's ticking. By July 10th, the governor has to either veto the bills, or let them become law without his signature.
There are also a handful of bills not on the veto list that remain unsigned, this means they're likely to become law with or without his signature.
One requires a pesticide free buffer zone around schools. Another bans sunscreens containing chemicles like oxybenzone, that can damage coral. That would take effect in 2021.