Governors Lingle, Schwarzenegger Raise Concern over Foreign Cruise Rules

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Governor Linda Lingle and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger teamed up to take on a federal rule they say will seriously hurt Hawaii's and California's cruise ship industry.

Lingle and Schwarzenegger sent a letter to the head of Homeland Security urging him to reject a rule.

The governors stated in the letter that while the rule is to protect U.S. flagships, it would likely result in "unintended, disastrous consequences and cause wide-ranging economic damage in Hawaii, California and throughout the rest of the country."

The governors say the cruise industry provides 50,000 jobs in the two states and that the rules could jeopardize the $17 billion industry.