Hawaii is known internationally for its wonderful climate and wildlife, more pictures. Despite this Lingle appointee's exempted Hawaii Superferry from having to undertake an environmental assessment before operating in Hawaiin waters. The Superferry is an $80 million high-speed ferry that’s profitable to Republican business. In August 2007, the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated that exemption. Regardless of the Court's ruling, the ferry sailed to Kauai without an environmental assessment.
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On April 13, 2010, Governor Lingle ordered the arrest of Carrie Lau and Michael Doyle, two student protesters who were occupying her office, and ordered criminal trespassing citations issued to eight others. The demonstrators were part of a sit-in to protest a school furlough policy implemented due to budget shortages. (Note for Liberapedians outside the United States: School furlough is a Euphemism for cutting the school week to four days and making it harder for kids to get a proper education) Hawaiian children go to school, just 163 days a year.  The following day, April 14th, Lingle ordered the arrest of Marguerite Higa and Teresa Kessenich-Chase and had citations issued to five more protesters.
In June 2010 she vetoed civil union legislation that would have granted gay, lesbian and opposite-sex couples the same rights and benefits that the state provides to married couples. (See Gay marriage). She vetoed the bill despite it being approved by the Legislature in late April.