Hawaii Bans Plastic Bags

January 23, 2013
(No Plastic Bags?)pooper scooper
(Hawaii Bans Plastic Bags | Sustainable Products and Practices)This month,Hawaii became the first state in the US to outright ban plastic bags. They also banned paper bags that don’t have a minimum of 40% recycled content.
This one action will keep about 450 million bags a year out of the state’s waste stream and prevent them from ending up in the ocean.
The proposal was led by the Sierra Club chapter and the Surfrider Foundation. Along with the plastic ban, the groups expect a small fee on paper bags to be implemented. A 10-cent fee would raise $20 million a year which would go toward restoring and protecting watersheds and rainforest areas that get trampled by non-native animals such as goats and pigs.
Hawaii’s action comes on the heels of a plastic ban in Los Angeles and about a dozen California municipalities.
Check out a video about plastic bans on the Documentary Channel here.



Hawaii considering law to ignore Obama ‘birthers’

May 3, 2011

Hawaii considering law to ignore Obama 'birthers'
Obama’s Birth Certificate?
Birthers beware: Hawaii may start ignoring your repeated requests for proof that President Barack Obama was born here.
As the state continues to receive e-mails seeking Obama’s birth certificate, the state House Judiciary Committee heard a bill Tuesday permitting government officials to ignore people who won’t give up.
“Sometimes we may be dealing with a cohort of people who believe lack of evidence is evidence of a conspiracy,” said Lorrin Kim, chief of the Hawaii Department of Health’s Office of Planning, Policy and Program Development.
So-called “birthers” claim Obama is ineligible to be president because, they argue, he was actually born outside the United States, and therefore doesn’t meet a constitutional requirement for being president.
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Source: AP News / Hawaii Legislature