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Sustainability bill to become law Sept. 15

HONOLULU — A state House bill to strengthen statewide sustainability coordination and update the roles and responsibilities of the state Office of Planning will become law Tuesday, Sept. 15, after the measure was not included on Gov. David Ige’s intent-to-veto list.

The state Legislature passed HB 2486, HD 2, SD2, to formally establish a statewide sustainability branch within the state Office of Planning.

This is consistent with the sustainability and climate-change-adaptation priorities established within the Hawai‘i State Planning Act, affirming the Legislature’s commitment to a sustainable future.

“Focusing on Hawai‘i’s sustainability and resiliency is vital more than ever,” said state Rep. Ryan Yamane, who along with state Rep. Henry Aquino introduced the legislation.

”This new law will provide all industries and sectors of government a plan to help Hawai‘i address emergencies like a pandemic, battle climate change and rebound from economic uncertainty,” Yamane said.

”Sustainability will now be integrated in all of our priorities while moving Hawai‘i forward.”

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The Garden Island
Source: The Garden Island

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