Governor Ige’s readiness to align himself with the community, not with the corporations that are inflicting so much harm on our families, is reason enough to give him a second term. I trust him. In these perilous times of dissembling, lying, cruelty , xenophobia and avarice, having a Governor we can trust is one bulwark against the evils flowing out from 45’s administration.
Governor David Ige’s leadership, core values and resolve under pressure was clearly demonstrated by his recent signing into law SB3095. Hawai‘i residents concerned about their health and the health of their children and grandchildren should thank him. Progressives and those who fight daily to protect the health of our natural environment should also thank and acknowledge his leadership on this issue.
The measure was simple yet comprehensive and the protections now in place include a phased in ban of the neurotoxin chlorpyrifos, mandatory disclosure of all users of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP), modest buffer zones around schools, pesticide drift studies and increased funding for the Department of Agriculture so it can properly do its job.
The pressure on Governor Ige to either let it pass into law without his signature, or to veto this measure must have been significant. The largest chemical companies in the world were in strong opposition…
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