Hawaii

HONOLULU, Hawaii – (March 6, 2018) – Today, the Hawaii Senate passed a bill to end state cooperation with enforcement of some federal immigration laws. A coalition of three Democrats introduced Senate Bill 2290 (SB2290) in January. The legislation is similar to the TRUST Act passed in California and Connecticut in 2013. The legislation would…

HONOLULU, Hawaii – (Feb. 8, 2018) – A Hawaii House and Senate committee have passed bills to withdraw state resources from the enforcement of most federal immigration laws. Passage of this legislation would likely have the effect of nullifying those federal acts in practice. A coalition of five Democratic Party representatives introduced House Bill 1994…

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Feb. 6, 2018) – A bill filed in the Hawaii Senate would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government insurance regulatory schemes. Sen. Stanley Chang (D-9) introduced Senate Bill 3021 (SB3021) on January 18. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance, thereby freeing doctors and patients…

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Jan. 26, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Hawaii Senate would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Hawaii, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance…

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Dec. 16, 2017) – During the 2018 legislative session, the Hawaii Senate will take up a bill that would limit the warrantless use of surveillance drones. The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state. Rep. Joseph Souki introduced House Bill…

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Dec. 13, 2017) – The Hawaii Senate will take up a bill in the 2018 legislative session that would expand the state’s industrial hemp program and authorize commercial production of the crop. Passage of the bill would spur development of a hemp industry in the Aloha State and set the foundation to end federal prohibition…

HONOLULU, Hawaii,  (Dec. 11, 2017) – During the 2018 legislative session, the Hawaii House will consider a bill that would legalize raw milk sales in the state, taking an important step toward nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in effect. A bipartisan coalition of 13 representatives introduced House Bill 257 (HB257) last January. The legislation would legalize…