GOVERNOR SIGNS HEMP, AGRICULTURE BILLS INTO LAW
News Release from Office of the Governor, July 7, 2016
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.