GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor signs hemp, agriculture bills into law

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

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 the open market to the general public. Requires the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to conduct a feasibility study on establishing a re-entry for training and entrepreneurial services.

SB 2659 Act 228 Relating to Industrial Hemp

Establishes an industrial hemp pilot program through the Department of Agriculture which allows the cultivation of industrial hemp and distribution of hemp seed in Hawai‘i for purposes of agricultural or academic research.

HB 1997 Act 229 Relating to Agriculture

Implements the recommendation of the Hawai‘i Agriculture Workforce Advisory Board to create an agriculture workforce pipeline initiative to conduct training on all islands for teachers and school administrators in agricultural self-sufficiency.

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Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

jodi.c.leong@hawaii.gov