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Governor signs bills relating to taxation, firearms

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Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed one bill relating to tax deductions resulting from donations to charitable organizations and two bills related to law enforcement.

HB430 (Relating to Taxation) exempts charitable deductions from the itemized state income tax deduction caps.

“With the state economy and revenue picture greatly improved since I took office, we now have an opportunity to further support nonprofit and charitable organizations in their efforts for the greater good,” Abercrombie said. “The measure is a result of a partnership between charitable organizations, the Legislature, and the Administration.”

SB69 (Relating to Firearms) closes a loophole regarding fingerprint, photograph and background checks for those bringing firearms into Hawaii, providing consistency with firearms obtained locally.

SB2 (Relating to Simulated Firearms) amends the offenses of terroristic threatening in the first degree and robbery in the first degree to include the use of simulated firearms.

“These bills assist law enforcement in their duty to serve the public and keep people safe,” Abercrombie said.

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