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Abercrombie Signs 15 More Bills into Law

June 21, 2011, 6:00 AM HST
* Updated June 21, 9:17 AM
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Governor Neil Abercrombie, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law fifteen more measures on Monday, bringing to 146 the number of Acts that have been signed to date.  The measures include items dealing with the recruitment of staff positions on the Board of Education, the establishment of election deadlines, and providing prosecutors with more tools in combating prostitution.

The complete list of bills signed into law on Monday include the following:

  • HB953 is aimed at recruiting qualified people to serve in certain Board of Education staff positions by amending the salary cap.
  • SB1282 provides schools the option, but doesn’t mandate, that every school administer a test that compares each Hawaii student nationally.
  • SB806 makes changes to term lengths on the Hawai’i Teachers State Board.
  • SB1489 provides that attorney’s liens shall also attach to proceedings after the commencement of arbitration proceedings, and removes the deadline to file a notice of claim of the attorney’s lien.
  • SB1089 allows the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to penalize businesses that fail to give 60 days notice before relocating or ending operations.
  • HB747 relates to liquor liability insurance by removing the definition of convenience minimarts.
  • HB663 requires clear and conspicuous disclosure of automatic renewal clauses and cancellation procedures for all consumer contracts and offers containing an automatic renewal provision.
  • HB909 authorizes family court to issue financial restraining orders.
  • HB1333 increases the maximum monetary claim that may be filed in small claims court.
  • HB1613 requires an application to register to vote to include a space to request a permanent absentee ballot.
  • HB716 establishes new election deadlines to comply with state primary election date required by federal law (for overseas military voters).
  • HB1107 authorizes members of the army and air national guard who are qualified by training and authorized by their commanders to use electric guns subject to state law when assisting civil authorities in disaster relief, civil defense, or law enforcement functions.
  • HB240 gives the Attorney General and City Prosecutor more tools to combat prostitution by providing security and protection to witnesses in cases that involve promoting prostitution.
  • HB141 establishes class A and B felony offenses for labor trafficking; establishes an offense for nonpayment of wages; and establishes an offense for unlawful conduct with respect to documents.

*** Supporting information courtesy Office of the Governor, State of Hawai’i.

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