Looking to try alternative cuisine in Hawaii? Kittens and canine companions are still on the menu.
State lawmakers failed to pass legislation this session that would have outlawed the slaughtering or trafficking of dogs or cats for human consumption.
Senate Bill 2026 was one of many measures lawmakers scrapped in the final days leading up to sine die Thursday. Some suffered from the two chambers’ inability to reach an agreement on the final language while others fell victim to lack of funding or simply politics.
Pets aren’t the only animals that won’t be better protected next year. Hawaii will still allow the sale of ivory from elephants, hippos, walruses, whales and any other critter with a tusk.
House Bill 493 would have essentially banished the ivory trade from the islands — the third-largest market for “white gold” in America — but the House and Senate were unable to come to terms so it died last week in conference committee.
In other inaction, House Bill 2012 would have created a law to crack down on ticket scalping. Its death means mainlanders will still be able to buy up Bruno Mars tickets and resell them to locals at a marked-up rate.
The Legislature is also letting electronic-cigarette smokers puff in public places for at least a little while longer.
Lawmakers decided they didn’t want to try to resolve their differences over Senate Bill 2495, which would have restricted where people can smoke e-cigs. The bill never received a hearing in conference committee.
The Legislature left a lot undone on the education front too.
Remember all the stories in recent years of students sweating it out — literally — in their steamy classrooms? Well, little relief is coming anytime soon since the bills that targeted funding to air-condition select schools died.
The House and Senate will give final readings to a slate of other bills Thursday — including a manufacturing tax credit, outdoor land liability and Turtle Bay Resort funding for a conservation easement — before adjourning the 2014 session.