Latest David Ige News

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Ige says he may veto bail reform, 'firm' renewable energy

Jun. 27, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday said he may veto 30 bills in the next few weeks, including measures that would eliminate cash bail for some felonies, require each island to obtain one-third of their renewable energy from so-called “firm energy” sources and allow the...

Guns in paradise: Ruling could undo strict Hawaii carry law

Jun. 25, 2022 12:26 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Megan Kau takes occasional weeklong hunting trips to the Hawaiian island of Lanai, where she enjoys watching the sunrise and hearing the distant rustle of deer and mouflon sheep in the tropical wilderness, a rifle ready at her side. As a gun owner, she also goes to...

Hawaii governor signs $18 minimum wage increase, tax refund

Jun. 22, 2022 20:25 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Wednesday signed legislation raising the state's minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2028. The $18 minimum would be the highest dollar amount among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, some states automatically boost their...

Hawaii's governor signs 3 bills supporting LGBTQ community

Jun. 16, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Thursday signed three bills supporting Hawaii's LGBTQ community. The legislation "will help us identify and address social and community issues more effectively and ensure that we can work to prevent discrimination in many areas of our...

Hawaii lawmakers pass some reforms after bribery scandal

Jun. 10, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers this year passed several bills to boost government transparency and promote better lawmaker behavior. But their critics, and some lawmakers themselves, say they still have work to do, especially after a bribery scandal sullied the state Legislature. ...

Hawaii youth sue state over transportation climate harms

Jun. 01, 2022 22:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Fourteen Hawaii children and teenagers filed a lawsuit Wednesday, alleging the state is violating the state constitution by operating a transportation system that harms the climate and infringes upon the plaintiffs' right to a clean and healthy environment. The...

University of Hawaii requires masks indoors amid COVID spike

May. 24, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii said Tuesday it will require masks indoors across its 10-campus system amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the islands. The new rule takes effect Wednesday. Those working alone or who are separated by more than 6 feet from others will be...

Hawaii governor signs student journalism protections bill

May. 23, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday signed legislation providing freedom of speech and press protections to students publishing school-sponsored media at Hawaii public schools and the University of Hawaii. The “Hawaii Student Journalism Protection Act” also...

Hawaii bill promotes zero-emission travel between islands

May. 19, 2022 21:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers this year passed legislation creating a working group to develop ways to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions on transportation between the islands. Sen. Chris Lee said at a news conference on Thursday that Hawaii has some of the highest...