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UPDATED: The governor also killed tax proposals approved by the Legislature for vacation rentals and real estate investment trusts.
Gov. Ige sports a moustache, but most of our elected officials prefer the clean shave.
But bills to decriminalize the use of pot, allow mail-in balloting, create a new state prison oversight commission and provide funds to replace aging Aloha Stadium will all become law.
The two measures are among 20 bills total Hawaii’s governor indicates he will not allow to become law.
The governor must decide on taxing vacation rentals and real estate investment trusts, decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot and all-mail voting.
In the 2019 session many administration bills died, programs got less funding than sought and nominees faced tough grilling.
He said he’s learned a lot since 2014 about running the state government, and cites progress on housing, homelessness and education.
For now, Hawaii’s governor expects the funding will go forward despite an investigation into the rail project and the state’s recent lawsuit against the Trump administration