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Favored Nations: Abercrombie Signs over Millions to to HGEA, UHPA
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 4687 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abercrombie June 13 signed three bills giving 'Favored Nation' money to HGEA and UHPA. For some reason, his office didn't mention these bills in any news release. It has become an Abercrombie tradition to release bad news on Friday afternoons, this Friday he evicted Haleiwa Farmers Market and buried that news at the bottom of a news release on bill signings which did not include these 'Favored Nations' funding bills. So here are the June 13 signings, followed by the June 15 news release which Abercrombie used to generate a "supportive of local farmers" headline while simultaneously evicting the Haleiwa Farmers Market:

 

105

SB2804 SD2 HD2 CD1
Homelessness; Interagency Council; Designated Safe Facilities; Department of Human Services; Appropriation
RELATING TO THE HAWAII INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON HOMELESSNESS.
Establishes the Hawaii interagency council on homelessness under the department of human services for administrative purposes. Requires the department of human services to conduct a study on designating safe facilities for homeless individuals, couples, and families. (CD1)

(S ) 6/13/2012 - Act 105, 06/08/2012 (Gov. Msg. No. 1207).

TSUTSUI (Introduced by request of another party)

HSG, FIN

HB2542

 

106

HB2012 HD1 SD1 CD1
State budget.
RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
To adjust and request appropriations for Fiscal Biennium 2011‑13 funding requirements for operations and capital improvement projects of Executive Branch agencies and programs.

(S ) 6/13/2012 - Act 106, 6/8/2012 (Gov. Msg. No. 1208).

SAY (Introduced by request of another party)

WAM

SB2690

 

107

HB1800 HD2 SD2 CD1
Judiciary; Supplemental Appropriations; Judiciary Package
RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
Appropriates funds to the Judiciary for FY 2012-2013.

(S ) 6/13/2012 - Act 107, 6/8/2012 (Gov. Msg. No. 1209).

SAY (Introduced by request of another party)

JDL, WAM

SB2054

 

108

HB1838 SD1 CD1
General Obligation Bond Declaration
RELATING TO STATE BONDS.
Authorizes issuance of general obligation bonds. Makes findings required by article VII, section 13 of the State Constitution to declare that the issuance of authorized bonds will not cause the debt limit to be exceeded. (HB1838 CD1)

(S ) 6/13/2012 - Act 108, 6/8/2012 (Gov. Msg. No. 1210).

OSHIRO

WAM

 
 

109

HB2495 HD1 SD1 CD1
Collective Bargaining Cost Items
RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COST ITEMS.
Provides funds for the salary increases and other cost adjustments for fiscal biennium 2011-2013 for adjustments related to the "favored nation" provision in the supplemental agreement negotiated between the University of Hawaii and the exclusive representative of collective bargaining units (2), (3), (4), and (8) and their excluded counterparts. (HB2495 CD1)

(S ) 6/13/2012 - Act 109, 6/8/2012 (Gov. Msg. No. 1211).

SAY (Introduced by request of another party)

JDL, WAM

SB2757

 

110

SB2324 SD1 HD1 CD1
Collective Bargaining; Hawaii Government Employees Association; Favored Nations; Appropriation
MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
Appropriates funds for officers and employees within collective bargaining units (2), (3), (4), and (13). Retroactive July 1, 2011. (CD1)

(S ) 6/13/2012 - Act 110, 6/8/2012 (Gov. Msg. No. 1212).

HEE

LAB, FIN

 
 

111

SB2323 SD1 HD1 CD1
Collective Bargaining; Hawaii Government Employees Association; Department of Education; Favored Nations; Appropriation
MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
Appropriates additional funds for government employees within collective bargaining units 2, 3, 4, 6, and 13 relating to "favored nations" provisions in these collective bargaining agreements. Retroactive July 1, 2011. (CD1)

(S ) 6/13/2012 - Act 111, 6/8/2012 (Gov. Msg. No. 1213).

HEE

LAB, FIN

 
 

112

SB1083 SD1 HD1 CD1
Collective Bargaining; University of Hawaii Professional Assembly; Appropriation
MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COST ITEMS.
Appropriates funds for cost items relating to the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund negotiated between the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly and University of Hawaii for collective bargaining unit 7, and for officers and employees who are excluded from collective bargaining but belong to the same compensation plans as those officers and employees within bargaining unit 7. (CD1)

(S ) 6/13/2012 - Act 112, 6/8/2012 (Gov. Msg. No. 1214).

HEE

LAB, FIN

 
               

 

Governor Enacts Bills ‘Supportive of Local Farmers’ After Booting Haleiwa Farmers Market

News Release from www.Hawaii.gov/gov June 15, 2012

HONOLULU –Governor Neil Abercrombie today signed a number of measures into law including two bills that are aimed to benefit local farmers who want to sell their products and/or establish agricultural-based commercial operations.

Senate Bill 2375 authorizes agricultural-based commercial operations in agricultural districts which will increase our farmers’ability to sell their products and promote food sustainability for the islands. Senate Bill 2646 is intended to promote and support diversified agriculture by exempting certain nonresidential agricultural buildings that are on commercial farms from county building permit requirements.

“To truly support our local farmers we must empower them,”said Governor Abercrombie. “These measures not only provide for that to take place but it also promotes diversified agriculture. I want to thank the Legislature for recognizing the importance of helping our farmers.”

Senator Donovan Dela Cruz who introduced SB 2375 stated, “Farmers are being forced to diversify their products in order to make ends meet while continuing to provide local food for the community. This bill allows for additional opportunities for them to create revenue.”

SB 2375 immediately goes into effect; SB 2646 is effective July 1, 2012.

Governor Abercrombie today also signed into law the following measures:

House Bill 1524 - Makes theft of agricultural commodities an offense of theft in the second degree and requires restitution to the victim.

House Bill 1942 - Appropriates $200,000 for the Electronic Importer Manifest Program to support our agricultural inspectors in the prevention of invasive species.

House Bill 1943 - Appropriates $162,540 to reinstate the plant quarantine detector-dog program to help prevent the introduction of invasive species.

House Bill 2244 - Authorizes the State Department of Agriculture to establish compliance agreements with the federal government and other states regarding inspections for the import and export of plant commodities.

House Bill 2296 - Prohibits the purchase, sale, transportation, and delivery of any item containing bear gallbladders or bile.

House Bill 2429 - Allows ex-officio members of the Board of Agriculture to designate a representative to attend Board meetings.

Senate Bill 2695 - Appropriates $250,000 for a livestock feed feasibility project and another $250,000 to reimburse livestock producers for feed costs.

House Bill 1764 - Allows for the waiver of residency requirements for state or county department heads and deputies or assistants to a department head, when the appointed officer is required to have highly specialized or scientific knowledge or training and a qualified applicant who meets the residency requirement is not available to fill the position.

House Bill 2476 - Makes appropriations for claims against the State or its officers or employees.

House Bill 2848 - Requires the Department of Public Safety to plan for a model wellness center that employs native Hawaiian cultural practices on state land.

Senate Bill 2228 - Establishes an electronic tracking system for the sale of products containing pseudoephedrine.

Senate Bill 2508 - Amends filing deadlines for preliminary disclosure reports to the Campaign Spending Commission.

Senate Bill 2632 - Requires all fee time share interests to be recorded in the regular system rather than in the land court.

Senate Bill 2797 - Makes permanent previous changes to the psychotropic medication statute that ensure access to medically necessary psychotropic medications while allowing cost-effective strategies.

Today’s bill enactments bring the number of measures signed into law by Governor Abercrombie to 128. He has until June 25th to notify the Legislature of his intent to veto. July 10th is the Governor’s deadline to enact measures with his signature. For a list of measures enacted by the Governor, please visit: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/report.aspx?type=acts.

High-resolution images available for view and download at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilabercrombie/sets/72157630137954182/with/7376593876

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