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Governor signs bill to end discrimination


Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed into law House Bill 546, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression as a public policy matter and specifically with regard to employment.

Abercrombie also enacted House Bill 1640, which allows counties to issue state IDs. That measure goes into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

For more information on these measures and other legislative bills, visit

To date, 35 measures have been enacted. The governor has until July 12, 2011 to sign into law all measures that are passed out of the state Senate and the House of Representatives.

This year’s Legislature adjourns May 5.

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