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GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor signs 13 bills into law, including women’s health, safety measures

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases


HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed a bill into law that requires insurers to cover reimbursement of contraceptive supplies, and another measure that requires insurance companies in the state to provide coverage for screenings of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS.

Here is a complete list of bills signed by Gov. Ige during bill signing ceremonies on July 5, 2016:

HB 1578 Relating to Urn Theft: Establishes theft of an urn as a class C felony

HB 1753 Relating to Mopeds: Requires registration, inspections and number plates for mopeds

HB 1807 Relating to Military Service: Authorizes reserve and National Guard members to receive paid military leave while on inactive-duty training

SB 2652 Relating to Taxation – Locally Produced Renewable Energy: Establishes a 5-year renewable fuels production tax credit

HB 1902 Relating to Sex Trafficking; Prostitution: Creates the offense of sex trafficking where a person advances prostitution by the use of force, threat, fraud or intimidation or where a minor is prostituted. Classifies sex trafficking as a violent crime and a class A felony.

HB 1907 Relating to Sexual Assault: Requires all law enforcement agencies and departments charged with maintenance, storage and preservation of sexual assault evidence collection kits to conduct an inventory of all stored kits and report to the Attorney General. The AG is then required to report to the Legislature.

HB 1897 Relating to Insurance Coverage of Health Screenings: Ensures that all insurers in the state provide insurance coverage for sexually transmitted disease screenings, including HIV and AIDS.

SB 2319 Relating to Insurance: Requires health insurers in the state, including health benefits plans under the Hawai‘i Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund and Medicaid managed care programs to cover reimbursement for contraceptive supplies intended to last for up to a 12-month period for insured.

SB 2317 Relating to Health: Requires and appropriates funds for the Department of Health to conduct child death reviews, implement a program to perform maternal death reviews, and submit annual reports to the Legislature.

HB 2772 Relating to the University of Hawai‘i: Adopts the preliminary recommendation of the affirmative consent task force, including requiring the University of Hawai‘i to train employees and students on sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking policies.

HB 2489 Relating to the Department of Defense: Appropriates funds for a veterans’ services counselor IV position within the office of Veterans’ Services to address problems and needs of all veterans, with a primary focus on female veterans.

HB 1041 Relating to Hunting: Establishes a statewide Game Management

Advisory Commission to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Land and Natural Resources for policies and criteria regarding public hunting.

SB 2904 Relating to Aquatic Mitigation Banks: Authorizes the Department of Land and Natural Resources to establish and operate aquatic mitigation banks to restore, enhance or preserve aquatic habitats or resources.



Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

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