Abercrombie sends notice of intent to veto 19 bills

HONOLULU — A controversial measure approved by the state Legislature at this year’s session may be blocked by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who sent Monday a notice of intent to veto 19 bills, including Senate Bill 2341.

Earlier this year, several Kaua‘i County Council members had sent testimony to the Senate opposing to SB 2341, which authorizes, within an agricultural district, agricultural tourism activities, including overnight accommodations of 21 days or less.

The bill allows vacation rentals on agricultural land without sufficient definition of what constitutes minimal agricultural activity required for true agricultural tourism, according to a state press release.

After reviewing more than 340 measures approved by state lawmakers earlier this year, Abercrombie on Monday notified the state Legislature of his intent to veto 19 of those bills, the release states.

While Abercrombie has provided his notice of intent as required by the Hawai‘i State Constitution, the measures are still under consideration.

“It is clear that the 2012 Legislative Session was productive and filled with meaningful legislation,” Abercrombie said in the release.

“Some of these measures, however, may be difficult to implement as they are currently written, and there are other measures that must be given further consideration.”

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