HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. David Ige vetoed eight bills on Tuesday that covered topics from medical marijuana use, enhanced consumer protections and environmental concerns.
Among the items vetoed was Senate Bill 2407 which would have allowed some patients to use medical marijuana to treat opioid addiction.
The bill earned support from lawmakers as it passed through the legislature, but Gov. Ige didn't see it as necessary.
In his rationale for the veto, Ige said the Department of Health already has a process where patients and physicians can annually apply to add qualifying conditions to the list of uses for medical cannabis.
Also vetoed was House Bill 1621 relating to consumer protections.
Often times, Hawaii is excluded from offers and discounts advertised nationally by retailers. Part of HB1621 would have forced certain retailers to adequately disclose to shoppers a specific offer is not available in the islands.
"While an advertisement may state (that) an offer is not available in Hawaii, this disclosure is often in tiny print and does not sufficiently inform consumers that the offer is unavailable," the bill reads.
The measure would have required franchisees to disclose their non-participation by displaying adequate signage at the storefront, clearly visible to the general public. It also prohibited franchisors from implementing restrictions on the disclosure.
Ige vetoed the bill citing vague definitions to which businesses the law would apply to. In addition, fast food restaurants would be exempt from the measure, which is opposite of what most consumer complaints reflect.
The state said most complaints to the Office of Consumer Protections stem from potentially misleading advertising from fast food chains.
Read more about other bills vetoed:
- SB48, Relating to technology: Merges the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation into the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation and renames the resulting entity as the Hawaii Innovation, Technology, and Research Corporation. Appropriates funds.
- SB2519, Relating to the environment: Authorizes the Agribusiness Development Corporation to enter into contracts with private businesses to remove select municipal solid waste, glass, and food and green waste from the waste stream for use in other business sectors, including agriculture, construction, and energy production; provided the contracts benefit agricultural and agriculture-related projects.
- SB2524, Relating to county land use requirements: For purposes of a county with a population of 750,000 or more: for planned community associations, requires the owner of any parcel of land subdivided as a condominium property regime in agricultural or preservation lands to provide public notice of the sale no later than ninety days after the sale of the parcel; Prohibits residential use of sheds or other structures on agricultural lands unless permitted under county ordinances and rules (cont.)
- SB2699, Relating to the transient accommodations tax: Imposes the transient accommodations tax on additional resort fees that must be included in gross rental proceeds.
- SB2919, Relating to public libraries: Establishes a pilot program to generate revenue through the lease of public library lands to meet the mission of the public libraries. Establishes the library facilities fund. Requires the state librarian and board of education to report to the legislature.
- SB2992, Relating to campaign finance: Exempts signs and banners from certain election law disclaimer requirements relating to advertisements. Requires signs and banners advocating the passage or defeat of an issue or question on the ballot to contain the name and address of the candidate, candidate committee, or noncandidate committee paying for the sign or banner.
Three measures on the Intent to Veto list will become law without the governor's signature. To read about those, click here.