Hawaii State News, afternoon edition, 02 Jan 2019

Welcome to the Wednesday afternoon issue of “Hawaii News Digest”–a Hawaii Island-based blog focusing on Hawaii State News, Hawaii Island, News, West Hawaii News, and Hawaii Island Sports News.  Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Today’s report cites articles found in the current edition of “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published on 02 January 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Here are the details:

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Tourism economy depends on illegal vacation rentals
While calls for a crackdown on short-term rentals grow louder, their rapid expansion accounts for a big chunk of the recent growth in the state’s largest industry. Civil Beat

Medical aid in dying law takes effect
Beginning today, Hawaii residents with a prognosis of no more than six months to live may request lethal prescriptions under the Our Care, Our Choice Act, a controversial law passed last year as an end-of-life option. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News.

These laws took affect January 1
Medical aid in dying. Pesticides with dangerous chemical outlawed. Foam food containers to be banned. New law fines owners of fake service dogs. Employers can no longer ask about salary history. Motorcycles given OK to drive on shoulder lanes. Hawaii News Now.

New laws address pay gap, sexual assault
Beginning today, employers are prohibited from asking prospective hires about their salary and wage history under a new law that seeks to help bridge the gap between how much men and women earn. Another law that takes effect today bolsters protections for sexual assault victims who choose not to file a police report at the time they undergo a medical forensic examination.Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.

Some road shoulders to open for motorcycles
House Bill 2589, which passed in the Legislature earlier this year without the signature of Gov. David Ige, authorizes the DOT to designate certain roads’ shoulders as legally drivable by two-wheeled motorcycles. The bill was introduced with the goal of improving safety for motorcyclists. Tribune-Herald.

Lawmakers: It’s time to crack down on illegal aerials
The loud booms and bright lights seen across Oahu on New Year’s Eve are once again sparking the debate over illegal aerials. Some lawmakers say they are looking at ways to step up enforcement since so many are ignoring the laws. Hawaii News Now.

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts