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Gov. David Ige signed the following bills into law on Thursday, July 7, 2016: SB 2395 Act 226 Relating to Telehealth   Requires the state’s Medicaid managed care and fee-for-service programs to cover services provided through telehealth. SB 2630 Act 227 Relating to Public Safety Authorizes Hawai‘i Correctional Industries to sell inmate-made products and services on ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor signs hemp, agriculture bills into law

HONOLULU —   The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) yesterday began construction of improvements at the Maunalua Bay boat launch ramp to expand the vessel washdown area and construct a roadway around it. Work is scheduled to continue this week and next week. The changes are being ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Improvements to be made at Maunalua Bay boat launch ramp

Bill Signing Ceremonies for the following: 9:00am         SB 2395 Relating to Telehealth   Requires the state’s Medicaid managed care and fee-for-service programs to cover services provided through telehealth. 9:30am         SB 2630 Relating to Public Safety Authorizes Hawai‘i Correctional Industries to sell inmate-made products and services on the open market to the general public. Requires the Department of ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE MEDIA ADVISORY: Bill signing ceremonies for July 7, 2016

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed a bill into law that broadens the offense of first degree murder. Previously, the offense has been narrowly defined and limited to rare cases in which there are multiple victims, the victim is killed by a hired killer or the victim was under the specific protection of the courts ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige signs first degree murder, parental rights measures into law

Warning signs at the Kewalo Basin Small Boat Harbor are advising the public to say clear of the area that may have been affected by a sewage release that occurred over the Fourth of July weekend. Sewage has puddled on roads within the harbor, with limited quantities spilling into nearby harbor waters. Harbor users are ...
Read More DOH NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii State Department of Health urges public to stay clear of areas near Kewalo Small Boat Harbor

HONOLULU – Additional cases of hepatitis A infection have been reported to the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), increasing the number of confirmed cases to 31. DOH staff worked through the holiday weekend to conduct interviews with the newly identified cases in an effort to identify the cause of infection. “Identifying the source of ...
Read More DOH NEWS RELEASE: Additional cases of hepatitis A under investigation by Hawaii State Department of Health

BILL SIGNING CEREMONIES for the following:  2:00pm         HB 2169 Relating to Social Workers Clarifies the supervision requirements for the licensure of clinical  social workers. This includes allowing the option to fulfill all or part of the face-to-face requirements through video conference service. 2:30pm         SB 2811 Relating to Parental Rights Allows parental rights to be terminated ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE MEDIA ADVISORY: Bill signing ceremonies for Wednesday July 6

  HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed a bill into law that requires insurers to cover reimbursement of contraceptive supplies, and another measure that requires insurance companies in the state to provide coverage for screenings of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS. Here is a complete list of bills signed by Gov. Ige during ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor signs 13 bills into law, including women’s health, safety measures

(HONOLULU) – Some campers, using the Makua section of the Ka’ena Point State Park Reserve over the holiday weekend, left piles of rubbish, toilet paper and human waste scattered throughout the vegetation. DLNR Division of State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell said, “The continued disrespect of the Makua section and of the Keawaula section of the ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: State parks considers management options for Makua section of Ka’ena Point State Park Reserve

Complaints from Hikers & Mountain Bikers Prompt Enforcement (KAHULUI, MAUI) –46 criminal citations were written and 10 off-road motorcycles were impounded as evidence after officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) observed illegal dirt biking in Maui’s Kula Forest Reserve on Sunday, July 3, 2016. Officers cited one juvenile and nine ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Illegal dirt bike racing in Kula Forest Reserve results in 46 citations