Virtual bill signings make history for state issuesPosted on Sep 29, 2020 in Capitol Connection, Featured
Several bills became law with the governor’s signature recently — from protecting the work of Hawai‘i’s musicians and managing climate change impacts on shorelines to fighting against domestic violence, abuse and unfair employment practices. They were all part of the state’s first virtual bill signings, which can be seen on Governor Ige’s Facebook page, to highlight how the legislative process can help Hawai‘i make progress on issues, even in a pandemic.
Governor Ige also signed several bills brought forward by the Women’s Legislative Caucus of Hawai‘i. These included HB2054, which prohibits an employer from requiring an
employee to enter into a nondisclosure agreement pertaining to sexual harassment or sexual assault; and HB2060, HB2425, and SB2638 — all aimed at providing more protection for victims of domestic violence and abuse. In addition, two bills — SB2060 and HB2590 — helped support the Ige administration’s commitment to protecting the environment and improving highway safety. The first bill strengthens protection of coastal areas; the second establishes an autonomous vehicle testing pilot program within the state Department of Transportation. HB1678, “Truth in Music Advertising,” preserves the integrity of Hawai‘i’s arts.