Today’s Hawaii News 06/26/2019

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‘Gender X’ to be an option on driver licenses
In an effort to reduce discrimination against transgender and gender fluid individuals, Hawai‘i driver licenses will soon sport ‘Gender X’ as an option. Gov. David Ige is expected to sign into law HB 1165. It allows for drivers to select ‘X’ as their gender if they prefer not to identify with male or female. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Herbicides banned on Hawai‘i public school campuses, superintendent says
Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, after hearing that Roundup was being used on some campuses, sent a memo Tuesday to all principals stressing that herbicides are banned at Hawai‘i public schools. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i to become 6th state to ban “gay panic” as affirmative defense for murder
Hawai‘i’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual community is awaiting the governor’s signature on bills, that when signed into law today, will advance rights and protections of those who identify as such. Maui Now.

Lawsuit brought against state over inmate well-being in wake of suicide
Two mothers are suing the Hawaii Department of Public Safety on behalf of their children, over what their lawsuit describes as “repeated and deliberate indifference towards the safety and well-being of inmates with serious mental health issues.”Garden Island.

The Second Lady visits Hawai‘i
Karen Pence will speak to military families to highlight the Blue Star Museum program, which she serves as honorary co-chair.KHON2. 

CHANGE Report on Arts and Culture
People interviewed for this report provided these suggestions for how individuals and businesses can help arts and culture in Hawai‘i… read more.
City will use “digital stings” to nab illegal vacation rentals starting August 1
Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a law on Tuesday cracking down on illegal short-term vacation rentals. The law, Bill 89, grants the city enforcement power over illegal home rentals. Unlike the alternative Bill 85, which Caldwell vetoed, the new law allows for about 1,700 hosted bed and breakfast units that are restricted by density, limited to two bedrooms per unit and governed by other rules. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio. Hawaii News Now. KITV.

Kealoha trial: In closing arguments defense calls government’s allegations “imagination”
In fiery closing arguments Tuesday, a federal prosecutor in the closely-watched public corruption case against the Kealohas told jurors that the case isn’t about a mailbox but about why the defendants would try to frame a Kealoha relative with its theft.Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. KITV.Hawai‘i Public Radio.

City hiring lawyer to address rail subpoenas
The city is hiring an outside attorney to help handle issues related to a federal criminal investigation of the Honolulu rail project, and has budgeted up to $50,000 to cover the cost of that legal work. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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