Today’s Hawaii News 07/10/2019

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On deadline day, Gov. Ige announces list of vetoed bills from 2019 session
At the State Capitol on Tuesday, Gov. David Ige revealed the list of 18 bills he has decided to veto this legislative session, along with two he is allowing to become law without his signature. On the veto list is taxing REITs, taxing vacation rentals, and reform of the civil asset forfeiture program. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Big Island Video NewsKITV.Tribune-Herald. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Garden Island.
Full list and rationale of bills vetoed by Gov. David Ige.Governor’s Office.

Marijuana decriminalized beginning Jan. 1
Gov. Ige let House Bill 1383 become law without his signature. Specifically, the legislation allows for possession of 3 grams or less of pot for adults. It also provides for the expungement of criminal records “pertaining solely” to possession of 3 grams or less of pot. Civil Beat. KHON2.

10 million visitors: Can Hawai‘i survive its own popularity?
Few issues are more critical for Hawai‘i’s economy: a growing number of tourists, spending less money per person, creating greater negative side effects to produce the same economic benefits generated three decades ago. The surging number of visitors is pushing the limits of not only Hawai‘i’s beaches, hiking trails and once backwater neighborhoods, but also the state’s aloha spirit. Civil Beat.

Nine charts that show how tourism in Hawai‘i is changing
From soaring numbers of visitors to declining rounds of golf, a by-the-numbers look at how at the industry’s impacts have grown in Hawai‘i. Civil Beat.

Confronting climate change
Local emerging leaders and experts in their fields expound on the importance of bringing diverse minds to the table to develop solutions. Civil Beat. 

Hawai‘i Island Identity Crisis
While the O‘ahu, Kaua‘i and Maui bureaus have their own obstacles, it can be argued that the Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau faces unique challenges far more difficult to overcome… read more.
Push to impeach Kaneshiro remains strong despite judge’s petition dismissal
A Honolulu judge has dismissed a petition to impeach prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro over concerns about the electronic signatures. The petition organizer, Tracy Yoshimura, says he is planning to refile the petition. Hawaii News Now.

Councilwoman wants lifeguards watching sun up to sun down
Kymberly Pine criticizes Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration for what she considers a lack of action to decrease drownings. She introduced legislation Tuesday to extend lifeguard services “from dawn to dusk.” Civil Beat.

Skydiving plane was upside down when it hit the ground, report finds

The skydiving plane that crashed June 21 at Dillingham Airfield, killing all 11 aboard, seemed to be fine as it taxied down the runway to take off, but at about 150 to 200 feet in the air, it began turning, then hit the ground nose first and burst into flames. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio.
Former pilot of Oahu Parachute Center believes mechanical issues and inadequate training are likely reasons for skydiving tragedy. Hawaii News Now.

How did Oahu Parachute Center continue to fly after cease and desist order?
Always Investigating exclusively revealed Monday that the state had told Oahu Parachute Center, months before its deadly crash, to stop operating. But federal authorizations and legal challenges may have complicated the state’s enforcement of a cease-and-desist order against the skydiving company KHON2.

Lawsuit cites police in deadly pedestrian crash
Two survivors of a deadly Kaka‘ako crash that killed three say the police officer who was pursuing the driver of a speeding pickup truck that plowed into a group of pedestrians contributed to the tragedy by not using his flashing lights or siren. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. 

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