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Governor signs feral bird feeding bill, vetoes 3 others

By Star-Advertiser staff & Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:00 p.m. HST, Jul 09, 2013

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has vetoed three bills,  but he signed another bill that outlaws the excessive feeding of feral birds as a public health nuisance., his office announced today.

All of the vetoes will stand, as lawmakers had no plans to call a special one-day session to override any of the measures.

Lawmakers said the governor signed the feral bird feed bill on Monday.

This new law, which takes effect immediately, will help people suffering from the smell and health problems created when their neighbors feed large flocks of pigeons, said state Rep. Gregg Takayama, a Democrat who represents Pearl City and Waimalu.

"This law will help provide welcome relief to Pearl City residents who have been plagued for years by neighbors whose excessive and inconsiderate bird feeding has attracted flocks of several hundred pigeons, whose droppings and feathers create odors, property damage and aggravation of health problems," Takayama said in a statement.

Some Kailua residents have also had similar problems.

The rejected measures include: House Bill 654, to include members of professional health organizations on the Center of Nursing Advisory Board; HB 763, modifying the composition and quorum of the Hawaii State Building Code Council and revising the state Building Code; and HB 988, amending the Environmental Response Revolving Fund to include support for a standby operations center in response to an oil- or fuel-related disaster.

The three were among nine bills that the governor had singled out for potential vetoes.

All other bills on that list will become law without the governor’s signature. 

In all, Abercrombie will allow 12 bills to become law without his signature — five on the veto list plus seven others, his office said. A total of 269 bills were signed into law, including one of the intended veto targets, HB619, which would make feeding feral birds a nuisance

.The measures that will become law without the governor's signature, include one that would provide for a nonpartisan primary as well as a general election for Office of Hawaiian Affairs board members.

Currently, there's no primary election for OHA board members, only a general election.

“We will look back at 2013 as the year that launched truly transformative measures that will have lasting positive impacts on the future of our state,” Abercrombie said in a statement.

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2disgusted2 wrote:
Good job on the second one.. so UH cannot get away with their cronies, especially in not meeting codes...
on July 9,2013 | 03:35PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Kids learn how to respect people at an early age by feeding the animals. Oh well. Get ready for the next generation of smartphone users with no common sense, nor any compassion. They won't even respect them self.
on July 9,2013 | 07:03PM
aomohoa wrote:
How about if they learn to respect nature by not feeding them. By not touching turtles, and by not throwing litter around at the beach.That is what kids need to learn. Educated kids on how nature needs to be respected not interfered with.
on July 9,2013 | 07:58PM
Reade1 wrote:
on July 10,2013 | 04:37AM
Loading wrote:
really...ferral birds are such a big concern...
on July 9,2013 | 04:23PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Next will be a ban on feeding the homeless?
on July 9,2013 | 07:04PM
false wrote:
Not much news here....
on July 9,2013 | 04:41PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
OMG I can't believe that this guy signed a bill outlawing the feeding of birds! Something is really wrong with his brain - this borderlines being evil.
on July 9,2013 | 04:48PM
copperwire9 wrote:
There's someone in Kailua - I think that's where they are; it's been a while since I read the article about this - who feeds thousands of them and has caused significant health and sanitation problems in the neighborhood for years.
on July 9,2013 | 07:01PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
If you lived next to the Kailua man for which this bill was passed, you would think otherwise.
on July 9,2013 | 08:54PM
Kamahina wrote:
Feral birds are a problem for those with asthma and damaged immune systems. I know of an elderly man who died due to a bird-borne illness. Birds that carry bacteria, viruses, and fungi create health hazards. Is it too much to ask that people who excessively feed birds show compassion for those who are vulnerable?
on July 9,2013 | 05:49PM
mikethenovice wrote:
At least he was old. He still lived with the birds during his early days. Try again, Kamahina.
on July 9,2013 | 07:05PM
Pocho wrote:
livinginhawaii should let birds nest on his eaves around his house. Let him live the bird dropping, nests, mites, featers and watnots. sometimes people have to live it to understand it.
on July 9,2013 | 07:08PM
pakeheat wrote:
Yeah wait till a group of birds start dropping some on his head while walking outside, he will probably get a gun and shoot them, LOL.
on July 9,2013 | 08:04PM
aomohoa wrote:
livinginhawaii you need to think before saying something so silly. Birds should feed themselves in nature. When humans start feeding them in our environment the outcome is firth and disease. Feeds births is for peoples entertainment and is wrong.
on July 9,2013 | 06:24PM
7yearTribulation wrote:
People who feed the birds that mess their neighbors house is INCONSIDERATE
on July 9,2013 | 06:29PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Am I the only one who thinks that we did not need 269 new laws?
on July 9,2013 | 07:06PM
aomohoa wrote:
I guess so ,since people don't seem to be able to respect others without laws.
on July 9,2013 | 08:01PM
aomohoa wrote:
Teach kids to respect nature not interfere with it.
on July 9,2013 | 07:59PM
aomohoa wrote:
I guess you are since people can seem to respect others without them.
on July 9,2013 | 08:02PM
pakeheat wrote:
Just saying how enforceable is this bill? Does the police need to actually see you feeding the birds in public to get a fine?
on July 9,2013 | 08:06PM
Anonymous wrote:
Worse yet, it's not illegal to feed the birds. It's just illegal to excessively feed the birds. What does that mean?
on July 9,2013 | 08:26PM
Pocho wrote:
like the NY gun law of 7 bullets in chamber. Maybe on can feed 7 ferral birds at a time
on July 9,2013 | 08:34PM
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