Gov. Abercrombie vetoes seven bills from state legislature

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Jul 08 2014 10:16:05 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 08 2014 10:16:28 PM HST
HONOLULU -

Gov. Neil Abercrombie vetoed seven bills from the Hawaii State Legislature.

One of those vetoes stops the Hawaii Tourism Authority from being permanently exempt from state comptroller oversight. The governor felt it would take away checks and balances that help make the agency transparent.

Another bill stops the repeal of several funds, including a revolving fund for the Center for Labor, Education and Research.

Abercrombie also vetoed a bill that would have given crime victims a process for restorative justice.

The other bills Abercrombie vetoed are:

  • Senate Bill 2589 (Relating to Law Enforcement) – The governor says he believes the Department of Transportation Harbors Division and the Department of Public Safety need to continue working collaboratively to improve efficiency and effectiveness in regards to harbors law enforcement.
  • Senate Bill 2874 (Relating to the Board of Land and Natural Resources) – Abercrombie says this bill is similar to House Bill 1618, which he signed into law on June 19.
  • House Bill 1288 (Relating to Order of Succession) – The governor objected to this measure because he says it does not provide for succession in a situation where the Office of the Governor becomes permanently vacant at the same time as the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, and the Senate President and the Speaker of the House belong to a political party different from that of the governor.
  • House Bill 2163 (Relating to Parental Parity) – Abercrombie says the rebuttable presumption that an asset given to a parent is a joint gift is vague, ambiguous and inconsistent with well-established principles guiding the parties and the courts in divorce matters. So, he has vetoed it.

The 229 bills Abercrombie did sign will be added to the state statutes.

“I am pleased to have signed 229 bills into law, continuing a year of progress that included historic legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage (Act 82) and protect hundreds of acres of land on Oahu’s North Shore from development (Act 81),” Gov. Abercrombie said. “While fewer bills reached my desk this year compared to years past, laws generated this session will have a positive impact on Hawaii and its people.”

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