Hawaii Governor David Ige says a special legislative session to change the mask law is unlikely this year.
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|Special legislative session for statewide mask mandate unlikely this year, Gov. Ige says
Gov. David Ige said that his administration is pursuing a change to the state law to update the violation of the mask mandate from a misdemeanor offense to a ticket and fine. However, Ige said it is unlikely that he will call a special session to get it done before the state Legislature begins its regular session in January. Ige does not have the legal authority to make the change on his own via emergency proclamation. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.
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|Police issue reminder to wear a mask
Under Rule 5 of the County of Maui, Public Health Emergency Proclamation, permitted masks or facial coverings are defined as masks that completely cover the nose and mouth, have two or more layers of washable breathable fabric, and fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps. Pleated, multi-layer masks are allowed. Maui Now.
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A long-running legal battle on Kauaʻi has ended in a $1.84 million settlement for a Kauai Police Department assistant chief. Mark Begley sued the county and the KPD back in 2016, alleging he was was harassed and retaliated against by then KPD Chief Darryl Perry. Hawaii News Now.
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