Also on his veto list is a proposal to require the attorney general to defend county lifeguards, which Ige called an “overreach.” A law that gives limited liability immunity to county lifeguards who work on state beaches will expire next week.
Ige announced the bills Friday at a press conference at the Hawaii State Capitol. The announcement started 20 minutes late because he was notifying House and Senate leadership of his veto plans.
The governor emphasized that he’s still talking to public worker unions about their concerns. He must decide what to veto by July 11.
“Just because it is on the list doesn’t mean it is an absolute veto,” Ige said of the bills, adding that more than 200 measures passed the Legislature this year.
Already, Ige’s plan to veto the aquarium fishing bill inflamed supporters like Rep. Kaniela Ing, who issued a press release Friday saying that the governor’s “rationale is not rooted in facts” and “a veto would be an affront to democracy.”
“A veto would be terrible news for tourism, the health of our reefs, and for local fishermen whose catch relies on the abundance of smaller feeder fish,” Ing wrote, calling the bill a “compromise measure” and saying he’s worked on it for three years.
Ing adding that it’s “extremely disingenuous for DLNR to say a ban is premature, when this bill grandfathers current collectors in, and wouldn’t take effect for decades.”
Ige also wants to veto a bill that would allow tiny homes on agricultural land, noting that it’s duplicative of existing law and that zoning is a county function. He also said that many bills are on his veto list due to technical reasons, and that he’s looking for ways to make the proposals work legally.
“According to the Hawaii State Constitution, the Legislature may convene on or before Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in Special Session to override a veto,” Saiki’s press release said. “Specific bills may be amended and need a two-thirds vote in both chambers to pass. On July 11, any measure that has not been signed or vetoed by Gov. Ige will become law with or without his signature.”