House approves 64 Senate bills

HONOLULU — The state House of Representatives passed 64 Senate bills Thursday.

They now head back to the Senate for further consideration. The majority of the bills will go into conference committees, where House and Senate conferees will negotiate differences in the measures and determine which will be presented for final consideration.

Key measures passed by the House Thursday include:

w Medical marijuana

SB 174, which amends the definition of debilitating medical condition to include lupus, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis as conditions that qualify for the legal use of medical marijuana.

w Criminal trespass

SB 895, which establishes the offense of criminal trespass onto state lands to the penal code. It also amends the offenses of criminal trespass in the second degree to apply to government agricultural property.

w Coral reefs preservation

SB 1150, which appropriates funds and requires the University of Hawaii to conduct a study on the effects of sunscreen on Hawaii’s coral reefs and report to the Legislature.

w Birth control

SB 513, which authorizes pharmacists to prescribe and dispense self-administered hormonal contraceptive supplies to patients regardless of a previous prescription, subject to specified education and procedural requirements.

w Rat lungworm disease

SB 272, which appropriates funds to the University of Hawaii at Hilo for programs, studies, and activities related to the prevention and eradication of rat lungworm disease.

w Student meals

SB 423, which prohibits public schools from denying a student a meal solely for the failure to pay.


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