HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi - Senate Bill 522, which passed the Hawaiʻi State Senate, prompteda discussion on plastics and Kamilo Beach in Kaʻū.
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- Hawaii Public Radio - March 7, 2019
Oʻahu’s recent milk shortage has renewed calls from state lawmakers for more local food production. But that may be easier said than done.
Milk is expected to be back on store shelves in the coming days after bad weather and mechanical issues delayed two Matson cargo ships.
In response to the shortage, state Sen. Mike Gabbard has called for distributors to have a 10-day supply of milk in the event of another shortage.
- The measure increasing the statewide general excise tax by 0.5 percent was one of many bills clearing their first chamber as the session’s midpoint nears.Honolulu Civil Beat - March 5, 2019
The Hawaii State Teachers Association has tried for years to get the Legislature to pay more to help public schools.
Last year, lawmakers approved an HSTA-backed constitutional amendment ballot question that called for imposing a state tax on investment property for education. But the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the measure just weeks before the Nov. 6 general election, ruling that its language was too vague.
After the court decision, supporters and opponents expressed a desire to find common ground on education spending.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - February 26, 2019
The lure of Hawaii’s trails always has been great, but since the advent of social media that guide visitors to hidden attractions, it’s been supercharged. The world now has access to information about nature adventures in the islands previously known to kamaaina, and the visitor population, now numbering close to 10 million annually, is taking advantage of that.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - February 25, 2019
A bill that would require public safety agencies to seek reimbursement from hikers who are rescued while trespassing on public trails is making its way through the state Legislature.
State Sen. Mike Gabbard introduced Senate Bill 248, which also would impose fines of $500 to $1,000 in addition to search and rescue costs.
- New Bill Seeks To Make The Import, Export, And Sale of Fur-Products UnlawfulMedium - February 18, 2019
01–24–2019: Senate Bill №1350, which seeks to outlaw the distribution and sale of fur products in the State of Hawaii, is officially introduced.
One day after the initial reading of Senate Bill №1350, Fur Free Society, Inc.—who has been working directly with the bill’s sponsor, Senator Mike Gabbard, since last year—released a statement publicly thanking the State of Hawaii and Senator Gabbard for officially introducing their new anti-fur trade bill to the state Senate.
- West Hawaii Today - February 10, 2019
KAILUA-KONA — Protection for sharks and manta rays is making progress in the state Legislature.
This week, bills introduced in the House and Senate mandating protection for the cartilaginous fish passed their first committee hearings. If signed into law, the legislation would make it illegal to knowingly kill, capture or abuse any variety of shark or ray in state waters.
- Eco Watch - February 8, 2019
Hawaiian lawmakers and conservationists are pushing for a landmark law to protect the Aloha State's sharks and rays.
House Bill 808, which outlaws the intentional killing, capture, abuse or entanglement of sharks and rays in state marine waters, passed its first committee meeting on Wednesday. The upper chamber version, Senate Bill 489, secured its first committee approval late last month and passed a second reading on Monday.
- CNN - February 7, 2019
Lawmakers in Hawaii have introduced legislation that would require internet users to pay a one-time $20 fee to gain access to online pornography. The money collected would be deposited into a fund to help fight human trafficking and the exploitation of children.
The state has three measures up for consideration, including two companion bills in the state's House and Senate.
- Honolulu Civil Beat - February 5, 2019
Want to watch porn on the internet?
No problem. Just fork over $20 to the state of Hawaii to remove a blocker.
That’s the apparent intent of three bills before the Legislature touted as efforts to fight human trafficking.
The bills are similar to ones introduced in more than a dozen other states over the past year. They’re being promoted by a man who once filed lawsuits in several states to marry his own computer as a protest against gay marriage, and sued Apple for allowing him to become addicted to porn, according to news reports.
- Care2 - February 4, 2019
Animal advocates are applauding the introduction of legislation in Hawaii that could make it the first state in the nation to go fur free.
The bill (SB 1350), which was just introduced by Senator Mike Gabbard, would ban the manufacture and sale of certain fur products in the state, in addition to banning the import of fur products for sale or distribution.
- West Hawaii Today - February 4, 2019
KAILUA-KONA — Counterfeiting isn’t a crime limited to printing fake currency.
Falsifying a brand name, for instance, can be just as profitable, providing sellers and distributors access to markets and price points they could never achieve otherwise.
It’s unclear just how frequently coffee counterfeiting has happened around Kona, Ka‘u and other popular Hawaii brands since the recession required the state roll back a number of inspector positions at the state Department of Agriculture.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - January 30, 2019
The future of Kalaeloa Heritage Park remains uncertain. In early January, the Hawaii Community Development Authority board voted unanimously to proceed with terminating a 40-year lease with the park's curator, the Kalaeloa Heritage and Legacy Foundation.
The Kalaeloa Heritage Park is home to several cultural structures, remnants of an ancient Hawaiian village including sinkholes that were once filled with drinkable water, and a restored Hawaiian trail. Thomas Cleek walks past a sinkhole that was once filled with drinkable water.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - January 29, 2019
A bill that would allow restaurant owners to decide whether dogs are allowed on their premises has been introduced at the Hawaii State Legislature.
State Rep. John Mizuno introduced House Bill 681, and Sen. Mike Gabbard introduced Senate Bill 1152, proposals that would allow a change in state health codes so that a restaurant owner or manager can allow dogs in their restaurants, providing that certain conditions are met. Both passed first reading and have been referred to various committees.
- West Hawaii Today - January 21, 2019
KAILUA-KONA — Save the sharks?
Most people are familiar with the slogan “save the whales” as well as the efforts behind curbing the whaling industry and limiting plastic pollution in oceans to help protect some of the world’s largest mammals. But a couple of state legislators in Hawaii believe sharks and rays are in equal need of protection.
Rep. Nicole Lowen, D-North Kona and chairwoman of the House Environmental Protection and Energy Committee, introduced a bill that would make it illegal to knowingly kill, capture or abuse any variety of shark or ray in state waters.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - January 19, 2019
With the recent viral video of a massive great white shark off the South Shore of Oahu, it may be valuable to note that such sharks are routinely present in Hawaii waters and might visit here at any time of the year.
Carl Meyer, shark researcher with the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, said scientists don’t know why these apex predators make their way to the islands.
- The Garden Island - January 19, 2019
State Sen. Mike Gabbard and state Rep. Nicole Lowen have introduced companion measures in their respective chambers that will offer greater protections to Hawaii’s sharks and rays.
The proposals would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly capture, take, possess, abuse, or entangle any shark or ray, whether alive or dead, or kill any shark or ray, within state marine waters.
- The Washington Post - January 18, 2019
HALEIWA, Hawaii — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii.
Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The Associated Press that she encountered the 20-foot (6-meter) shark Tuesday near a dead sperm whale off Oahu.
The event was documented and shared on social media by her fiancé and business partner Juan Oliphant.
- Honolulu Public Radio - January 7, 2019
The State Department of Agriculture briefed members of the Senate today on some of its budget priorities.
Biosecurity: keeping out invasive species like the Brown Tree Snake from Guam is one of the top priorities for Senate Agriculture and Environment Committee Chair, Mike Gabbard, who reviewed the State Department of Agriculture Budget request.
“You know I was looking at your report and it mentioned that 90 percent of all the vessels coming from Guam had been inspected and Brown Tree Snake – BTS – if they ever come here it’s gonna be a $2B impact on our economy.”
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - January 9, 2019
PORTLAND, Maine >> A group of nine Democratic state lawmakers from different coastal states, including Hawaii, announced today that they are going to use their coming legislative sessions to try to block attempts at offshore drilling.