Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed into law 100 bills coming out of the 2019 Hawaii Legislature, including 66 he signed in a flurry Monday.

But he has yet to act on many of the biggest measures approved by legislators.

Still awaiting his decisions are bills to require operators of short-term rentals to pay transient accommodation and general excise taxes, to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, to levy a corporate tax on real estate investment trusts and to implement voting by mail statewide.

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Gov. David Ige still has a lot of decisions to make regarding bills passed by the Legislature. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nor has Ige indicated how he feels about setting up a Hawaii Correctional System Oversight Commission, allowing courts to release defendants on unsecured bail, having automatic recounts in close elections, redeveloping Aloha Stadium and reducing the membership of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

The governor has instead moved on less controversial bills, including measures providing for collective bargaining costs, special purpose revenue bonds, capital improvement projects and claims against the state.

One of the few contentious bills he has already signed into law established licensing of midwives while exempting for now birth attendants and Native Hawaiian healers. He signed that bill six weeks ago.

Ige administration officials typically do not comment on pending legislation. The governor has until June 24 to indicate which measures he is considering vetoing. And he has until July 9 to make final decisions on signing, vetoing or letting legislation become law without his signature.

The Legislature then has a short period of time to decide whether it will reconvene in an attempt to override any vetoes, although that is rare.

Bills From The 2019 Hawaii Legislature Now Law:

 



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