Monday, September 26, 2022

Ige says he can veto reform, ‘firm’ renewable energy

HONOLULU ( Associated Press) – Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Monday he could veto 30 bills over the next few weeks, including measures to eliminate cash bailouts for certain felonies, giving each island a share of its renewable energy. You need to get the third. Called the “resolute energy” source and allows the Legislature to end a state of emergency.

The state constitution requires the governor to give advance notice to the legislature for any bill that he can veto. He has till July 12 to take a final decision. He would either sign the remaining bills or allow them to become law without his signature.

On bail reform, Ige said he was concerned that the measure would eliminate bail for Class C felonies including felony in possession of a firearm, burglary in the second degree and arson in the third degree. He said primary sponsors and supporters of the bill had asked him to veto it, which he said had not happened before when he was governor.

“There are many concerns about how and what we will try to make sure that people come forward to face charges,” Ige told a news conference announcing his veto list. ,

Another measure on the list would require each island to obtain at least a third of its renewable energy from “firm” sources. The Bill defines ‘firm renewable energy’ as available to produce electricity 24 hours a day throughout the year.

Ige said the measure would stifle innovation and shut down projects currently being worked on. He cited as an example a project to install a solar-plus-battery storage system on Lanai that would allow the island to use renewable energy for 98% of its power within 18 months from the next year. The system is expected to reduce monthly electricity costs by an average of $130 per lanai household, he said.

The governor did not include a measure on his list that would establish a newly appointed governing body for Mauna Kea and land under world-leading telescopes on the mountain’s summit. The bill sets aside seats on the new governing body for Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners. Ige said he thinks the University of Hawaii has done a good job in managing the mountain, but understands that others believe it is time for someone else to hold a master’s lease.

“I look forward to working with the Legislature to identify and appoint the best members of our community who are committed to supporting astronomy on Mauna Kea and moving forward in the best way to manage Mauna Kea.” are,” he said.

Other bills included in the Governor’s veto list:

— Expand the Department of Human Services Investigations to include adoptive families receiving some assistance payments. Ige said this would require the state to monitor and survey families who have adopted or taken custody of former foster children “so that families can never remain free from government intrusion.”

– Allow the legislature to end the state of emergency. Ige said it would interfere with the governor’s duties and jeopardize the ability of counties to receive federal disaster funds.

– impose a limit on the costs charged to reproduce certain government records. Ige said government agencies do not have dedicated staff to respond to these requests. He said the charges give people requesting information an incentive to reduce the scope of their requests and prevent requests from being too broad.

The constitution states that the Senate and the House have the option of reconvening on July 12 for a vote to nullify any veto.

House Speaker Scott Sackie said in a statement that members of the House will meet to determine whether they want to override any veto.

Senate spokesman Jacob Aki said the senators are planning to meet on Tuesday to discuss the governor’s list.

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