Hawai'i Free Press summary: These requirements are so onerous that if one acquired an antique firearm or an unusable or unserviceable firearm, then they would still have to undergo the entire background check, registration and fingerprinting process. Hunters and shooters beware, precious vacation, shooting and hunting time will be spent in long registration lines while fingerprinting, photographing and background checks are conducted on you and your already legally-possessed firearm!
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-1-1 on Apr/30/13; State Sen. Jill Tokuda voted YES; Passed House 48-3-0 on Apr/30/13; Signed by Governor Neil Abercrombie on Jul/9/13
Legislative Outcome: Passed House 36-13-2 on 3/10/15; Passed Senate 24-0-1 on 4/14/15; State Sen. Jill Tokuda voted YES; Signed by Governor Ige on 7/15/2015, as Act 241.
Marijuana Moment blog summary: Cannabis remains illegal at the federal level--and airspace is federal --hence enacting the bill could lead travelers to "erroneously believe they are immune from federal prosecution."
Veto Message: lnter-island transport necessarily entails travel outside the jurisdiction of the State of Hawai'i, as the State only has jurisdiction up to three nautical miles offshore. Because Hawaii's laws cannot completely regulate the interisland transport of cannabis, a state statute purporting to allow interisland transport may give false comfort to some that such transport is protected from federal enforcement.
Legislative Outcome: Passed House 39-12-0 on Apr/30/19; Passed Senate 24-1-0 on Apr/30/19; State Sen. Jill Tokuda voted YES; Vetoed by Governor David Ige on Jul/9/19
Honolulu Civil Beat analysis: Critics say SB1292 would require operators of short-term rentals to pay transient accommodation and general excise taxes, with hosting platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway acting as tax collectors on behalf of the state. Sen. Laura Thielen compared illegal vacation rentals to a crime that prevents local people from being able to own and rent homes.
Veto message: The State's taxation of transient accommodations through hosting platforms should complement the counties' regulation of transient accommodations. While SB1292 would not legalize these operations, it could be viewed as legitimizing these operations.
Legislative Outcome: Passed House 50-1-0 on 4/9/19; Passed Senate 13-12-0 on 4/30; State Sen. Jill Tokuda voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. Ige on 7/9
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