HONOLULU – After reviewing 245 measures passed by the 2014 Hawaii State Legislature, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today notified legislators of his decision to veto seven bills and to allow six bills to become law without his signature.
“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.”
On June 23, the Gov. Abercrombie notified the Legislature of his intent to veto 10 measures. After hearing from various legislators and members of the community, the governor vetoed the following legislation:
The governor also line-item vetoed the budget bill (House Bill 1700) on June 23 in order to address an inconsistency of approximately $444 million between it and the bond authorization bill (House Bill 1712) passed by legislators that had prevented him from signing both into law. Both have since been signed.
The following measures will become law without the Gov. Abercrombie’s signature. In some cases, the governor encouraged the Legislature to further review the measures and consider additional action during the next session:
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii’s four county mayors, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) leadership jointly launched the Aloha+ Challenge: A Culture of Sustainability – He Nohona ‘Ae‘oia at a declaration signing held Monday at the Hawaii State Capitol. The statewide joint leadership commitment sets clear targets for clean energy transformation, local food production, natural resource management, waste reduction, smart growth, climate resilience, green jobs and education by 2030.
“The Aloha+ Challenge brings us all together across jurisdictions, agencies, sectors and communities to build a sustainable Hawaii for current and future generations,” said Gov. Abercrombie, who as a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience is in a strong position to provide recommendations on how the federal government can support local efforts outlined today. “The targets transcend political timelines with a longer-term vision that also calls upon us to take bold action now. As a microcosm of the world’s sustainability challenges, it is time for Hawaii to become a global model of how to develop innovative and collaborative solutions.”
The Hawaii State Legislature unanimously passed the Aloha+ Challenge through resolution this year. Hawaii Green Growth, which brings together key leaders from federal, state, county, business and nonprofit organizations, hosted the declaration signing to show broad support.
Hawaii’s commitment to the Aloha+ Challenge is already creating international attention. With the U.S. Department of State, Hawaii has been invited to announce the Aloha+ Challenge on the world stage at a high-level Global Island Partnership event in Samoa this September, during the United Nations’ International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which focuses on sustainable development.
“Alternative energy sources like H-Power, solar and wind, combined with fewer car trips and reduced energy consumption, will help us sustain our island for future generations,” said City and County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “We have to invest in our future, and now is the time to do it.”
Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi said: “The Aloha+ Challenge is about protecting our Hawaii and maximizing our resources to improve the quality of life for our communities. It reinforces that our decision-making as a state must focus on sustaining our resources for generations to come, and must be rooted in aloha.”
“The Aloha+ Challenge is about leading by example,” Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa said. “Our goal is to provide a higher quality of life for our children, and to build a community for our grandchildren that they can be proud of.”
“We are a state separated by ocean, but we are connected in so many ways – by families, by businesses and by shared values and traditions,” said Mayor Bernard Carvahlo of Kauai County. “It is important for us to always remember that. When our leadership focuses on one vision, we are united.”
“We must honor our past while also preparing for our future,” said Kamana‘opono Crabbe, chief executive officer for OHA. “The active participation of the community partners in this effort will also play a major role in bringing about a better, brighter future for all people of Hawaii.”
In addition to sharing tools and knowledge and expanding partnerships, Hawaii’s top elected officials have agreed to develop a joint system of tracking progress and to increase long-term financing mechanisms for conservation and sustainability programs geared towards reaching the 2030 targets.
The Aloha+ Challenge commits Hawaii to reaching six targets by 2030:
1. Clean Energy: 70 percent clean energy – 40 percent from renewables and 30 percent from efficiency (reinforcing the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative)
2. Local Food: At least double local food production – 20 to 30 percent of food consumed is grown locally
3. Natural Resource Management: Reverse the trend of natural resource loss mauka to makai by increasing freshwater security, watershed protection, community-based marine management, invasive species control and native species restoration
4. Waste Reduction: Reduce the solid waste stream prior to disposal by 70 percent through source reduction, recycling, bioconversion and landfill diversion methods
5. Smart Sustainable Communities: Increase livability and resilience in the built environment through planning and implementation at state and county levels
6. Green Workforce and Education: Increase local green jobs and education to implement these targets
In 2011, Gov. Abercrombie signed Act 181, which established sustainability as a priority in the Hawaii State Plan and incorporated the definition, goals and principles of sustainability from the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan into Chapter 226. More than 10,000 citizens participated in the Hawaii 2050 planning process.
Honolulu – Hawaii has taken a step towards recognizing that juveniles are constitutionally different from adults and that these differences should be taken into account when children are sentenced for adult crimes. Signed into law today by Governor Neil Abercrombie, HB2116 eliminates the sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders.
“Hawaii is one of a shrinking number of states that still allows life sentencing without parole for juvenile offenders,” said the bill’s introducer Representative Karen Awana (Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili). “In addition, it has been uniformly rejected by the international community and it’s time we remove this law from our books. Right now the United States is the only nation in the world that allows children to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.”
Hawaii’s current law establishes that persons who are convicted of first degree murder or first degree attempted murder are to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole-regardless of age. The changes to the law would maintain a mandatory life sentence for those above eighteen years old, but would sentence persons under the age of eighteen years old at the time of the offense to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.
According to The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, a national advocacy group, Hawaii now joins numerous other states who have eliminated or do not allow juvenile life without parole sentences. Such states include Texas, Wyoming, Kentucky, Kansas, Colorado, Montana, and Alaska. Additionally, other states have created measures to provide youths convicted of violent crimes an opportunity for re-sentencing later in life.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $335 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) with the vast majority appropriated to Kahului Airport projects. These funds will improve the air travel experience for Hawaii’s residents and visitors that drive our economy, while invigorating our growing construction industry and creating local jobs in the process.
“We have seen great strides in our Hawaii Airports Modernization Program over the past few years, and the release of these funds is evidence that we remain committed to transforming our airports into world-class facilities,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Any investment in our airports is an investment in our economy and jobs.”
Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor:
$305,500,000 – Consolidated Car Rental Facility and Roadway Improvements, Kahului Airport, Maui – Construction funds for a multi-level consolidated car rental facility that will include a customer service building, quick turnaround, ready and return vehicle parking spaces, four 15,000-gallon fuel storage tanks, a people mover system to and from the terminal, site improvements, roadway connections to airport terminal roadways, additional employee parking spaces and potential flat-plate, non-reflective photovoltaic panels. The new facility will provide added customer convenience and will reduce traffic congestion at the airport. Access to the new facility will be through a new access road from Hana Highway to Airport Loop Road.
$14,460,000 – Overseas Terminal, 2nd Level Roadway Improvements, Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Construction funds to improve the 2nd level roadway fronting the Overseas Terminal. Improvements will include repair of the concrete roadway, replacement of existing expansion joints, drainage system repairs, roadway lighting system repairs, hazardous material abatement and demolition of existing planter boxes.
$11,749,000 – Concession Improvements, Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Construction funds for an additional 28,000 square feet of concession space for the Ewa Concourse, which currently has just 5,200 square feet. The project will include the demolition and/or renovation of existing restrooms and the enclosure of the exterior sidewalk by relocating the existing curtain wall to the Wiki-Wiki shuttle roadway, including necessary interior improvements. The concession area development should allow the state Department of Transportation to maximize potential sales revenue, and improve the passenger experience by bringing the concessions closer to the gates.
$3,300,000 – Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Facility Improvements, Hilo International Airport, Hawaii Island – Construction funds for a new ARFF station to replace the current one, which does not meet the requirements set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The current ARFF building will be utilized for storage upon completion of the new facility.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $500,000 in capital improvement grant funds for the Molokai Community Health Center.
Identified by the state Legislature, this grant will complete phase II of the Center’s capital improvement project that includes renovation of structures, an addition of a central deck, repaving the parking lot, installing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant walkways, as well as irrigation and landscaping at its Oceanside Center in Kaunakakai.
“The Molokai Community Health Center serves approximately 3,000 of the island’s 7,200 total residents, which is more than 40 percent of its population.” Gov. Abercrombie said, “This project will expand and improve access to quality health care on the Friendly Isle.”
The nonprofit Molokai Community Health Center is the only federally qualified health center on the island of Molokai. Its mission is to provide and promote accessible comprehensive individual and community health care to the people of Molokai with respect and aloha.
The center’s primary clientele are the indigent, uninsured and underinsured residents of Molokai, of which two-thirds are native Hawaiian.
HONOLULU – As a mark of respect for the memory of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that the flags of the United States and State of Hawaii shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard, from sunrise to sunset on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, the day of his memorial service.
Balli, 42, of Kapolei, o’AHU, was killed in an insurgent attack in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 20. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe, Vilseck, Germany in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Edward was valued by his fellow ‘Dragons’ as much for his kindness as his strength of leadership,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and friends.”
Read the Governor’s proclamation here: http://governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/BALLI-Edward.pdf
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