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Abercrombie vetoes 7 bills

  • business reporter for Hawaii News Now
    business reporter for Hawaii News Now

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has vetoed seven bills from the Legislature, disagreeing with lawmakers on issues of tourism, funds and crime victims.

One of the vetoes announced Tuesday stops the Hawaii Tourism Authority from being permanently exempt from state comptroller oversight. Abercrombie says that would take away checks and balances that help make the agency transparent.

Another veto stops the repeal of several funds, including the Center for Labor Education and Research revolving fund. Abercrombie says he thinks the center should use the funds rather than the money being used for general purposes.

Abercrombie also vetoed a bill that would have given crime victims a process for restorative justice. Abercrombie says he agrees with the concept but doesn’t think the bill gives adequate protection for victims.

VETOED BILLS

SB60

Relating to Victims of Crimes

SB2431

Relating to the Hawaii Tourism Authority

SB2589

Relating to Law Enforcement

SB2874

Relating to the Board of Land and Natural Resources

HB1288

Relating to Order of Succession

HB2163

Relating to Parental Parity

HB2427

Relating to the Repeal of Non-General Funds

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Governor’s Office: Gov. signs 229 bills, vetoes 7

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