HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced the bills that are on his Intent to Veto list and which ones he signed into law.

There were 343 bills passed during the 2022 Hawaii Legislative session, and the governor intends to veto 30 bills, including one on bail reform. The announcement was made in a news conference on Monday, June 27.

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The governor added that the 30 bills on his list does not mean it is guaranteed to be vetoed, but he cannot veto measures that are not listed. He has until July 12 to make his final decisions on whether these bills will be vetoed or become law.

The governor said after listening to a lot of concerns from the community, he plans to veto the controversial bail reform bill. That’s a relief for all four county mayors and law enforcement leaders who had urged the governor to veto the bill.

The bill approved by state lawmakers would have allowed those arrested for non-violent crimes, including Class C felonies to be released without bail. Many of those who wanted the governor to veto it say it would leave no consequences for those who commit such crimes, and the governor seems to agree.

“Once they know that they cannot be held for any reason for certain violations, that there would be a constant revolving door in some situations,” said Gov. David Ige.

Ige also shared concerns that among those who can be released without bail are those who commit Class C felonies.

“The concerns that I hear on a number of fronts is the expansion to prohibit bail for Class C felonies,” he said.

The mayors were joined by Honolulu Prosecutor Steve Alm, the police officers union, and other law enforcement leaders when they held a news conference asking the governor to veto the proposal. And they are relieved by the announcement.

“We already have the situation where judges are letting most of these people go. This will protect our victims in the state from a further decaying of the criminal justice system,” said Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth.

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi sent a statement saying, “We appreciate his understanding of why this legislation was not well conceived, especially with respect to protecting innocent people in our communities.”

State lawmakers plan to meet on Tuesday to discuss which bills they plan to override but a key lawmaker said, as far as the bail reform bill, they don’t have the numbers to do that.

“I’m a little skeptical that we’ll go in to override anything, and I don’t think the votes are there to override this one anyway,” said Sen. Karl Rhoads, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The legislature would need a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate to override.

Gov. Ige said his list was based on several factors, including “legal considerations, program effectiveness and compliance issues”

Here is Gov. Ige’s Intent to Veto list:

These 28 bills was submitted to the Legislature:

A statement from Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm:

“The Department of the Prosecuting Attorney opposed House Bill 1567. A robust and wellfunded alternative system that protects public safety needs to be put into place before cash bail can be eliminated. Such a system could include remand to custody for the violent and dangerous, signature bonds, release on recognizance, and enhanced supervision by the Department of Public Safety’s Intake Services Center Division. Putting such a system in place will take a major policy and funding commitment from the Legislature, the Judiciary, and the law enforcement community. The Department of the Prosecuting Attorney is committed to working with stakeholders to develop such a system to keep Hawaii safe.”

  • Another measure on the veto list is House Bill 1570, which would have banned the sale of flavored tobacco and mislabeled e-liquid products. The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i stated they support this decision.
  • HB1147: Relating to the State Budget
  • SB1297: Relating to the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist MauiGrown Coffee, Inc.
  • HB1705: Relating to agricultural park leases
  • HB1789: Relating to collective bargaining
  • HB1980: Relating to telephonic services
  • SB2032: Relating to genetic information privacy
  • SB2091: Relating to executive pardons
  • SB2142: Relating to computer science
  • SB2347: Relating to constitutional amendments
  • HB2424: Relating to child welfare services
  • HB2466: Relating to taro
  • SB2510: Relating to renewable energy
  • SB2511: Relating to taxation
  • SB2623: Relating to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act
  • SB2707: Relating to collective bargaining
  • SB2824: Relating to the Board of Education
  • SB2989: Relating to agriculture
  • SB3089: Relating to emergency management
  • SB3172: Relating to the public agency meetings
  • SB3179: Relating to the Department of Land and Natural Resources
  • SB3201: Relating to non-profit organizations
  • SB3229: Relating to geothermal royalties
  • SB3252: Relating to public records
  • SB3272: Relating to transportation
  • SB3311: Relating to transportation
  • SB3335: Relating to the civil air patrol

These two bills are being considered for line-item vetoes:

  • HB1600: Relating to the state budget
  • SB2076: Relating to the broadband service infrastructure

For more details and the rationale on the bills on Gov. Ige’s Intent to Veto list, click here.

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Gov. Ige also announced that he signed 105 more bills into law, which brings the total to 220 in 2022 so far.