Honolulu, Hawaii – Governor Ige this morning signed into law HB207 which will require certain state councils, boards, and commissions to attend a course administered by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) on native Hawaiian customs and rights.
The course will be administered by OHA and shall apply to members of the Land Use Commission, Board of Land and Natural Resources, Commission on Water Resource Management, Environmental Council, the Agribusiness Development Corporation, Board of Agriculture, Legacy Land Conservation Commission, Natural Area Reserve Systems Commission, Hawaii Historic Places Review Board, and the Board of Health.
“Harmony among a diverse population and a strong respect for our host culture is what gives Hawaii its reputation of a place of Aloha. Some recent controversies have called into question our state’s commitment to Native Hawaiian issues,” said Representative Kaniela Ing, Chairperson of the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs.
“This measure takes basic steps to ensure that the next generation of public servants will be more knowledgeable of the historical and cultural context of the place for which they are tasked to make decisions. After all, Native Hawaiian issues are everyone’s issues, and everyone’s issues are Native Hawaiian issues.”
The law will take effect tomorrow, July 1.
Other measures of note include HB321, the new law that will establish medical marijuana dispensaries across the state. The governor had said – prior to releasing his list of possible vetoes – that he was still withholding his decision due to the short timeline to enact the law. Dispensaries are set to begin opening by January, 2016. By not including the bill on his veto list, it will become law with or without his signature.
And this morning the governor signed HB1007 – the “limited purpose driver license” bill that will now allow Hawai’i residents who cannot produce legal documents of proof of residency to obtain driver licenses that will allow them to legally navigate to jobs, schools, etc.