CAPWATCH 2016 Session Wrap-Up

CAPWATCHAll 5 of our bills have now been sent to the Governor and his policy staff is now reviewing them.

In addition to the 7 measures that emerged from conference committee (the 5 on the Gov’s desk; the $1.1 million in budget for homeless youth (as in HB 1774) and Act 34 (SB 2916) that was signed into law on April 29th), we also worked on 3 resolutions that passed:

HCR 4 – REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO AUDIT THE ASSET FORFEITURE PROGRAM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HCR4_.pdf
This is a long-overdue audit of this program that has earned Hawai`i a “D” in a 2010 and ranked us even lower – “D-“ –  in 2016 for its civil forfeiture laws because of:

  • Low bar to forfeit and no conviction required
  • Poor protections for innocent third-party property owners
  • 100% of forfeiture proceeds go to law enforcement

 

HCR 85 HD2 SD1 – REQUESTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TASK FORCE TO STUDY EFFECTIVE INCARCERATION POLICIES TO IMPROVE HAWAII’S CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HCR85_SD1_.pdf
The last committee added the amendments we suggested – adding OHA and a formerly incarcerated woman since the needs of men and women are different.

 

HCR 127 HD1 SD1 – REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE POTENTIAL IMPACT ON ADMINISTRATIVE AND JUDICIAL SYSTEMS OF STATE GOVERNMENT OF DECRIMINALIZING THE ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF DRUGS FOR PERSONAL USE IN HAWAII.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HCR127_SD1__.pdf
This resolution has been substantially weakened to look at only Class C and lower marijuana offenses, review Portugal’s decriminalization policies and explore the impacts of decriminalization.

 

2 other bills that we worked on passed their committees: both were for low income renter’s credits –  HB 2166 and SB 2833 (which morphed into a developers’ bill so we let go). CAP co-signed letters with Appleseed on HB 2166 and were sad that it never got scheduled for conference. People exiting incarceration are generally at the low end of the economic spectrum so every little bit helps.

There was a substantial amount of money appropriated to address the thousands of people who live unsheltered in Hawai`i nei ($12m). CAP asserts that until we address poverty, we will never see our way out of the social morass that our neglect has caused. Our legislators need to hear your voice (don’t be trumped). Our message must be that WE ARE HERE, ALL OF US, and our elected officials must HEAR us: STOP MAKING HAWAI`I A PLAYGROUND FOR THE SUPER-RICH! TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE.

Here is Civil Beat’s story on the session…

2016 Legislature: A Session Of Progress — For The Most Part
Lawmakers didn’t address all the issues Hawaii needed, but on school AC, affordable housing and more, they made a welcome difference.
MAY 9, 2016 · By The Civil Beat Editorial Board

Mahalo for caring about our communities – our world. The Legislature can be very frustrating, but it is a venue where the people can be heard. Being respectful, knowledgeable about the issues you are working on, and sharing aloha can gain allies in very unusual places. Justice is non-partisan. It is a human issue. Mahalo for caring. No Justice – No Peace.

CAPWATCH Status Update 5.3.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH STATUS UPDATE

May 3, 2016

 

From Kat:

We are almost home. All 5 of our bills up for final reading today PASSED! I am so happy that wrongfully imprisoned people will be compensated for the harms caused by the state. Itʻs a long-time coming, and I am so happy that the state stepped up to admit their wrongdoing.

 TOGETHER WE STOPPED THE OCCC BILL so we have time to push for more effective alternatives to incarceration and better, more effective ways of addressing wrongdoing in our communities. The legislature was suspect of the over-priced public project and thatʻs good. MCCC got a load of money – $200 million I think. MCCC is a mess and way over-crowded, but again, should we be building jails and prisons for people struggling with mental illness, illiteracy, substance abuse, unemployment and poverty or should we be finding better solutions to assist our struggling community members and lift people out of poverty?

The next deadlines are: 1) The Governor has 45 days from the end of session (May 5th) to sign, veto or let a bill become law without his signature, 2) Governor has until the end of June to let the legislature know that he intends to veto bills, at which time the legislature can decide to convene a veto session or not.

CAP did quite well this session, getting 7 pieces of legislation passed – actually 6 bills – 5 passed today, SB 2916 that was signed into law on 4.29.16 as Act 34, and $1.1 million in the budget for houseless youth as requested in HB 1774. And it is the community voice that really makes the difference. Mahalo piha (completely) to those who sent in support for bills.  

MAHALO NUI!   YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

 

HB 1046 HD2 SD2 CD1 – COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1046_CD1_.pdf

COMMITTEE REPORT:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/HB1046_CD1_CCR146-16_.htm

5.3.16 – Final reading in both House and Senate

House:  PASSED – UNANIMOUS

Senate: PASSED – UNANIMOUS

This bill was on both the House and Senate “Consent” calendars, which means that the caucuses had already decided to pass this bill so there was no floor discussion – it just passed automatically.

 

HB 2391 HD2 SD2 CD1 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS, PETTY MISDEMEANANTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2391_CD1_.HTM

COMMITTEE REPORT:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/HB2391_CD1_CCR70-16_.pdf

5.3.16 – Final reading in both House and Senate

House: PASSED – 33-118 (1 aye w/reservations: McKelvey; 18 Noes:  Aquino, Cullen, DeCoite, Fukumoto Chang, Har, Johanson, Kawakami, Kong, Matsumoto, McDermott, Ohno, Oshiro, Pouha, Thielen, Tokioka, Tupola, Ward, Yamane )

Ward called this bill the freedom for shoplifters bill. There was some discussion but it was by people who obviously didnʻt read the bill. There has always been opposition and there always will be since the prosecutors routinely convince legislators that, if passed,  Charles Manson will be roaming our streets. CRIME IS AT THE LOWEST RATE IN DECADES. We have lots of education to do at the legislature and in the community about who we incarcerate and why.

Senate: PASSED – 19 – 6 ( Chun Oakland, Harimoto, Kim, Riviere, Slom, L. Thielen)

Missed the discussion, if any, in the Senate.

 

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 CD1– PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_CD1_.pdf

COMMITTEE REPORT:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/HB2561_CD1_CCR138-16_.pdf

5.3.16 – Final reading in both House and Senate

House: PASSED – 41-82(excused) ( Aye w/reservations: Fukumoto-Chang, Johanson, McKelvey, Pouha, San Buenaventura, Thielen; Noes: Aquino, Cullen, Har, Kawakami, McDermott, Tupola, Ward, Yamane

Tupola spoke first saying that although she supported many things in the bill, the increase in the felony theft threshold is her opposition. That started a chorus of ʻme toosʻ. Interesting that lots of folks on the Penal Code Review were either current or former prosecutors who are now judges and they supported the increase because of what they see in court. So interesting.

Senate: PASSED – UNANIMOUS

This bill was on the Senate “Consent” calendar, which means that the caucus had already decided to pass this bill so there was no floor discussion – it just passed automatically.

 

SB 2392 SD2 HD3 CD1 – NALOXONE (OPIOID ANTAGONIST)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2392_CD1_.pdf

COMMITTEE REPORT:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/SB2392_CD1_CCR34-16_.pdf

5.3.16 – Final reading in both House and Senate

House:  PASSED – UNANIMOUS

Senate: PASSED – UNANIMOUS

This bill was on the Senate “Consent” calendar, which means that the caucus had already decided to pass this bill so there was no floor discussion – it just passed automatically.

 

SB 2630 HD1 CD1 – HAWAI `I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES SALES OF PRODUCTS TO PUBLIC
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2630_CD1_.pdf

COMMITTEE REPORT:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/SB2630_CD1_CCR41-16_.pdfFinal

5.3.16 – Final reading in both House and Senate

House:  PASSED – UNANIMOUS

Senate: PASSED – UNANIMOUS

This bill was on both the House and Senate “Consent” calendars, which means that the caucuses had already decided to pass this bill so there was no floor discussion – it just passed automatically.

 

SB 2916 SD1 HD1 JRI – WIGGLING OUT OF ACT 139  – Signed into law 4.29.16 – ACT 34
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2916_HD1_.pdf

COMMITTEE REPORT:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/SB2916_HD1_HSCR1690-16_.pdf

4.14.16 SENATE AGREED TO HOUSE AMENDMENTS

4.15.16 PASSED FINAL READING IN SENATE – 20-0 (5 excused)

 

Economist Robert Reich has reminded us that real change can only transpire when people come together and demand it, and that there is true power in collective action.

CAPWATCH Status Update

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH STATUS UPDATE
Saturday, April 30, 2016

From Kat:

First, I want to thank every person who wrote testimony, emailed, called legislators, and/or  talked to your family and friends for caring about justice. We, together, had a successful session. YOUR VOICE REALLY MATTERS. When legislators heard from the people about $489.3 million for a new OCCC and NO environmental review, YOUR VOICE MADE THE DIFFERENCE. Yesterday I was approached by many people who were shocked that the bill died, since it was touted as a priority. This issue of criminalizing social problems brings together allies in so many different sectors. The future looks very exciting for us to reform a broken system – AND IT WILL TAKE ALL OF US TO DO IT!

Here is a quick scorecard of how we did this session:

  • 11 of the bills we worked on passed all their committees
  • 9 bills went to conference (the 2 low income renter credit bills didn’t get scheduled)
  • 6 bills passed conference (1 we didn’t support) and funding for HB 1774 was put directly into the budget – so 7 measures we worked on passed
  • 2 bills we didn’t support were not supported by the legislature

 

HB 1046 HD2 SD2 CD1 – COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1046_CD1_.pdf
Final reading in both House and Senate – Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 CD1– PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_CD1_.pdf
Final reading in both House and Senate – Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 

HB 2391 HD2 SD2 CD1 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS, PETTY MISDEMEANANTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2391_CD1_.HTM
Final reading in both House and Senate – Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 

SB 2630 HD1 CD1 – HAWAI `I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES SALES OF PRODUCTS TO PUBLIC
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2630_CD1_.pdf
Final reading in both House and Senate – Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 

SB 2392 SD2 HD3 CD1 – NALOXONE (OPIOID ANTAGONIST) 
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2392_CD1_.pdf
Final reading in both House and Senate – Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 

HB 1774 HD 1 SD2 – OUTREACH AND SUPPORT FOR HOMELESS YOUTH
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB1774_SD2 .pdf
This bill was deferred in conference because $1.1 million was put in the budget for homesless youth. This is really good! So even though the bill died, it is in the budget, which is way better! So it is a win! A win for all our youth and Kat is ecstatic for that!

 

Neither of the low income renter credit bills made it to conference. CAP co-signed a letter, along with Hawai`i Appleseed and other organizations asking for at HB 2166 to go to conference, however, it didn’t make it. The bills were:

HB 2166 HD1 SD2 – LOW INCOME RENTER CREDIT

SB 2833 SD2 HD2   LOW INCOME RENTER’S CREDIT

 

STATUS OF BILLS CAP DID NOT SUPPORT:

 SB 3034 SD1 HD2   CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT RE VICTIMS’ RIGHTS                       

HB 2388 HD3 SD2  NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES                     

SB 2916 SD1 HD1   JRI – WIGGLING OUT OF ACT 139  

 

The love for justice that is in us is not only the best part of our being but it is also the most true to our nature. -Cesar Chavez

CAPWATCH Conference Day 7 4.29.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH FINAL CONFERENCE UPDATE

DAY SEVEN – FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

 

OK, this was a nerve-wracking day as conferences kept getting postponed because there was no release from the money committees. Despite it all, we had a darn good day!

We helped defeat the OCCC bill – YAY!!!  THEN A BILL TO IMPROVE THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM PASSED – YAY!

Then came the nerve-wracking part. Constant postponements of conferences on HB 1046 – Wrongful Imprisonment (Compensation) and HB 2561 – the Penal Code bill that increases the felony theft threshold to $750 and moves meth out of the mandatory minimum statute and puts it in the regular drug statute (Chapter 712). Both bills were postponed to 5:20 pm and Kat was freaking out because 6 pm was the deadline. Then Kat was sitting in another conference on energy bills and was told everyone was moving to room 309 at 5 pm. Kat ran to the JUD Chair and asked where the bills were to be heard. He told her he had to open the conference in room 325 and then everyone would go to room 309. The audience seats are really limited in 309 and Kat wanted to be up close so she could hear what was being said. So she went to 309 and hoped she was doing the right thing. She was. Both bills PASSED. B-R-E-A-T-H-E

 

HB 2388 HD3 SD2  NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES   
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2388_SD2 .pdf
Kat has no idea what they plan to do with this bill. It is a mess – unclear and contradictory. It will be interesting to see how they extract themselves or not from this embarrassing mess. This bill is a great example of Ready, Shoot, Aim!

4.26.16 –  A CD1 was handed to the Senate. Chair Takayama announced that the CD1 contained language that the Governor commission a comparative analysis re: the property in Kalihi where OCCC currently sits and the Halawa site. Kat has been told that the MCCC money is in the budget, but Kat has not had time to check. Will do so and let you know.

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 3:35 p.m. in room 325

4.27.16 – The Senate is preparing a CD1.

The Committee will RE-CONVENE on FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH at 10 a.m.

4.29.16 – The House position called for a comparative analysis between Kalihi and Halawa. The Senate is set on Halawa. Because the committee could not reach agreement, the bill was “deferred indefinitely,” meaning that IT IS DEAD. Kat still has to pore over the budget to see where they stuck money and for what. But this is good. Your testimony raised up the voice of the community and we made them hesitate. Congratulations! You rocked justice! Mahalo piha (completely) to all you Justice Advocates! BE PROUD!

 

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_SD1_.pdf
The House is tinkering with language to make the habitual criminal language broader. What has been enormously frustrating is that the prosecutors sandbagged the final hearing and introduced things that were NEVER DISCUSSED during the 6 months of Penal Code Review Committee discussions.

The House will offer a CD1 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm. In Room 325

4.26.16 – Another CD1 will be offered – this makes me nervous!

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 2:15 p.m. in room 325

4.27.16 – House still working on CD1 expanding/broadening language on habitual offender statute. Kat is getting really nervous about this bill as the AG whispers to the JDL Chair before the meeting.

The Committee will reconvene on THURSDAY, APRIL 28 at 2:20 p.m. in room 325

4.28.16 – The House offered their CD1. Some really bad language that widens the net for habitual property crimes and making misdemeanants felons. This is so draconian and not what is happening around the country and the world. So sad that the legislature is letting the prosecutors have their way, when they are the biggest roadblock to reform! On the bright side, however, is that the felony theft threshold has been raised to $750, which places Hawai`i about mid-center of most jurisdictions.

The committee will RECONVENE FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH at 2:15 p.m.

4.29.16 – Although we donʻt like the net widening for misdemeanants and petty misdemeanants, increasing the felony theft threshold and moving meth into the regular drug statute is a BIG deal and a hard-won one at that! CAP has been working on this since 2005.

 

HB 1046 HD2 SD2 – COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1046_SD2_.pdf
The only thing this bill needs is to make it effective “upon approval” as the SD1 did. The date bill – the date is the only hang up. The bill has to pass conference – Kat hopes the House offers a CD1 with the correct date at this meeting – and then goes to Final Reading in both chambers then to the Governor. Fingers and toes crossed on this one. Been working on this for a while now.

4.26.16 – The House accepts the language and amendments made by the Senate. A CD1 with an effective date “upon approval” will be prepared. The Senate needed Tokuda for the vote, but she was unavailable.

The Committee will reconvene on FRIDAY, APRIL 29 at 2:15 p.m. in room 325

4.29.16 – Everyone was in room 309, so all the Conference Chairs were available. Since there was agreement on the language, all that was needed was a good date (effective upon approval, I hope, but havenʻt seen the CD1) and release from the money committees, the vote was taken. PASSED – YAY! The bill will now go to the House and Senate for Final Reading. These are the marathon sessions that occur next Tuesday and Thursday (The last day of session – Sine Die).

 

OK, Kat is ready to chill out now!  More later …

CAPWATCH Conference Day 6 4.28.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH CONFERENCE COMMITTEE UPDATE

DAY SIX – THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016

Conference committee has been nuts and many, many bills have been ʻrolledʻ to tomorrow, Friday, the last day and negotiations must be done by 6 p.m.

Kat is worried because the wrongful imprisonment bill (our big bill this session) and the penal code bill are not scheduled until 2:15…with a 6 pm deadline. Trying not to stress….

 

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_SD1_.pdf
The House is tinkering with language to make the habitual criminal language broader. What has been enormously frustrating is that the prosecutors sandbagged the final hearing and introduced things that were NEVER DISCUSSED during the 6 months of Penal Code Review Committee discussions.

The House will offer a CD1 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm. In Room 325

4.26.16 – Another CD1 will be offered – this makes me nervous!

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 2:15 p.m. in room 325

4.27.16 – House still working on CD1 expanding/broadening language on habitual offender statute. Iʻm getting really nervous about this bill as the AG whispers to the JDL Chair before the meeting.

The Committee will reconvene on THURSDAY, APRIL 28 at 2:20 p.m. in room 325

4.28.16 – The House offered their CD1. Some really bad language that widens the net for habitual property crimes and making misdemeanants felons. This is so draconian and not what is happening around the country and the world. So sad that the legislature is letting the prosecutors have their way, when they are the biggest roadblock to reform! On the bright side, however, is that the felony theft threshold has been raised to $750, which places Hawai`i about mid-center of most jurisdictions.

The committee will RECONVENE FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH at 2:15 p.m.

 I am convinced that imprisonment is a way of pretending to solve the problem of crime. It does nothing for the victims of crime, but perpetuates the idea of retribution, thus maintaining the endless cycle of violence in our culture. – Howard Zinn

 

CAPWATCH Conference Day 5 4.27.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH CONFERENCE COMMITTEE UPDATE

DAY FIVE – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016

Tomorrow, Thursday 4.28th is the deadline for all non-fiscal bills (bills with no appropriations) and on Friday 4.29th  6 p.m. is the deadline for negotiations on fiscal bills. Lots of stuff is being kicked over to Friday so weʻll see what happens. Today 4 bills in conference: 2 passed (1 good – SB 2630 HI Corr Ind can sell products to public and one do nothing – HB 2391 Release of certain misdemeanants) and 2 will have more negotiations.

 

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_SD1_.pdf
The House is tinkering with language to make the habitual criminal language broader. What has been enormously frustrating is that the prosecutors sandbagged the final hearing and introduced things that were NEVER DISCUSSED during the 6 months of Penal Code Review Committee discussions.

The House will offer a CD1 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm. In Room 325

4.26.16 – Another CD1 will be offered – this makes Kat nervous!

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 2:15 p.m. in room 325

4.27.16 – House still working on CD1 expanding/broadening language on habitual offender statute. Iʻm getting really nervous about this bill as the AG whispers to the JDL Chair before the meeting.

The Committee will reconvene on THURSDAY, APRIL 28 at 2:20 p.m. in room 325

 

SB 2630 HD1 – HAWAI `I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES SALES OF PRODUCTS TO PUBLIC
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2630_HD1_.pdf
There is agreement to amendments requested by the department such as: deleting the section about the allocation of money as it is already in statute, and changing the funding for the study from $1.5 million to $100,000 as requested by DBEDT, tasked with doing the feasibility study for a reentry academy.

The committee is re-convening on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 3pm in 312

4.27.16 – Both Senate and House agreed to remove language that conflicted with other statutes and amended funding to $150,000. When both sides had the appropriate members, they voted and WE HAVE A BILL! A GOOD ONE TOO!

 

HB 2388 HD3 SD2  NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2388_SD2 .pdf
Kat has no idea what they plan to do with this bill. It is a mess – unclear and contradictory. It will be interesting to see how they extract themselves or not from this embarrassing mess. This bill is a great example of Ready, Shoot, Aim!

4.26.16 –  A CD1 was handed to the Senate. Chair Takayama announced that the CD1 contained language that the Governor commission a comparative analysis re: the property in Kalihi where OCCC currently sits and the Halawa site. Kat has been told that the MCCC money is in the budget, but she has not had time to check. Will do so and let you know.

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 3:35 p.m. in room 325

4.27.16 – The Senate is preparing a CD1.

The Committee will RE-CONVENE on FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH at 10 a.m.

 

HB 2391 HD2 SD2 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS, PETTY MISDEMEANANTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2391_SD2_.HTM
Can’t say what will happen with this bill. There were 15 Noes in the House and 2 in the Senate (and 4 ayes w/reservations) – not enough to kill the bill, but certainly enough to force the Chairs to amend the bill.

4.26.16 – Still don’t know what is going to happen with this bill. There is a CD1 in the works, but who knows.

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 3:35 p.m. in room 325

4.27.16 – Imho this bill is a waste. It is not going to address the current over-population and has so many caveats that it will be a rare few who get released. Oh well. It passed and lots of time was wasted talking about those “scary” misdemeanants and petty misdemeanants. While the world around us embraces reforms, Hawai`i goes backwards. So sad.

The House and Senate agreed and the bill passed.

CAPWATCH: Conference Committee Update Day Four 4.26.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH CONFERENCE COMMITTEE UPDATE

DAY FOUR – TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016

HB 2388 HD3 SD2  NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2388_SD2 .pdf
Kat has no idea what they plan to do with this bill. It is a mess – unclear and contradictory. It will be interesting to see how they extract themselves or not from this embarrassing mess. This bill is a great example of Ready, Shoot, Aim!

4.26.16 –  A CD1 was handed to the Senate. Chair Takayama announced that the CD1 contained language that the Governor commission a comparative analysis re: the property in Kalihi where OCCC currently sits and the Halawa site. Kat has been told that the MCCC money is in the budget, but she has not had time to check. Will do so and let you know.

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 3:35 p.m. in room 325

 

HB 2391 HD2 SD2 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS, PETTY MISDEMEANANTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2391_SD2_.HTM
Can’t say what will happen with this bill. There were 15 Noes in the House and 2 in the Senate (and 4 ayes w/reservations) – not enough to kill the bill, but certainly enough to force the Chairs to amend the bill.

4.26.16 Still don’t know what is going to happen with this bill. There is a CD1 in the works, but who knows.

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 3:35 p.m. in room 325

 

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_SD1_.pdf
The House is tinkering with language to make the habitual criminal language broader. What has been enormously frustrating is that the prosecutors sandbagged the final hearing and introduced things that were NEVER DISCUSSED during the 6 months of Penal Code Review Committee discussions.

The House will offer a CD1 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm. In Room 325

4.26.16 – Another CD1 will be offered – this makes Kat nervous!

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 2:15 p.m. in room 325

 

HB 1046 HD2 SD2 – COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1046_SD2_.pdf
The only thing this bill needs is to make it effective “upon approval” as the SD1 did. The date – the date is the only hang up. The bill has to pass conference – Kat hopes the House offers a CD1 with the correct date at this meeting – and then goes to Final Reading in both chambers then to the Governor. Fingers and toes crossed on this one. Been working on this for a while now.

4.26.16 – The House accepts the language and amendments made by the Senate. A CD1 with an effective date “upon approval” will be prepared. The Senate needed Tokuda for the vote, but she was unavailable.

The Committee will reconvene on FRIDAY, APRIL 29 at 2:15 p.m. in room 325

 

I’m passionate about people. I’ve spent my life in advocacy. People matter – whether or not we agree on the issue, people matter.
– 
Ann Marie Buerkle

CAPWATCH: Conference Committee Day Three 4.25.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH CONFERENCE COMMITTEE UPDATE

DAY THREE – MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

SB 2392 SD2 HD3 – NALOXONE (OPIOID ANTAGONIST) http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2392_HD3_.pdf
This bill passed with a CD1. There were some amendments that were acceptable to Department of Health and advocates.

WE HAVE A BILL!  Yay and mahalo plenty to the CHOW Project and Drug Policy Forum of Hawai`i for spearheading this important bill — a true collaborative effort!

CAPWATCH: Conference Committees Monday 4.25 – Wednesday 4.27 – 6 bills

CAPWATCHHere’s what’s in conference next week –
THE LAST FULL WEEK OF SESSION.

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

SB 2392 SD2 HD3 – NALOXONE (OPIOID ANTAGONIST)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2392_HD3_.pdf
There is an agreement on the bill. The House recommended some amendments and the Senate agreed (it was difficult to hear since the room was packed).

The Senate will present a CD1 on Monday, April 25th in Room 016.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016

HB 2388 HD3 SD2  NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2388_SD2 .pdf|
Kat has no idea what they plan to do with this bill. It is a mess – unclear and contradictory. It will be interesting to see how they extract themselves or not from this embarrassing mess. This bill is a great example of Ready, Shoot, Aim!

HB 2391 HD2 SD2 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS, PETTY MISDEMEANANTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2391_SD2_.HTM
Can’t say what will happen with this bill. There were 15 Noes in the House and 2 in the Senate (and 4 ayes w/reservations) – not enough to kill the bill, but certainly enough to force the Chairs to amend the bill.

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_SD1_.pdf
The House is tinkering with language to make the habitual criminal language broader. What has been enormously frustrating is that the prosecutors sandbagged the final hearing and introduced things that were NEVER DISCUSSED during the 6 months of Penal Code Review Committee discussions.

The House will offer a CD1 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm. In Room 325

HB 1046 HD2 SD2 – COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1046_SD2_.pdf
The only thing this bill needs is to make it effective “upon approval” as the SD1 did. The date bill – the date is the only hang up. The bill has to pass conference – Kat hopes the House offers a CD1 with the correct date at this meeting – and then goes to Final Reading in both chambers then to the Governor. Fingers and toes crossed on this one. Been working on this for a while now.

 

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016

SB 2630 HD1 – HAWAI `I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES SALES OF PRODUCTS TO PUBLIC
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2630_HD1_.pdf
There is agreement to amendments requested by the department such as: deleting the section about the allocation of money as it is already in statute, and changing the funding for the study from $1.5 million to $100,000 as requested by DBEDT, tasked with doing the feasibility study for a reentry academy.

The Senate will offer a CD1 on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 3 pm in Room 312

CAPWATCH – Conference Day Two 4.22.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH CONFERENCE COMMITTEE UPDATE

DAY TWO – FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

 

We forgot to include the Penal Code Review Bill (HB 2561) in yesterday’s conference report and the results of the resolution to audit the AG’s asset forfeiture fund, so here they are followed by the one bill that conferenced today – HB 1774 – appropriations for houseless youth and families.

 

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_SD1_.pdf
The House is tinkering with language to make the habitual criminal language broader. What has been enormously frustrating is that the prosecutors sandbagged the final hearing of this bill and introduced things that were NEVER DISCUSSED during the 6 months of Penal Code Review Committee discussions. This is so sneaky and not the first time that they have done things like this.

The House will offer a CD1 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm.

HCR 4            REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO AUDIT THE ASSET FORFEITURE PROGRAM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HCR4_.pdf
This resolution PASSED WAM and will go for a floor vote. It has sailed through with no opposition.

TODAY’S CONFERENCE:

HB 1774 HD 1  OUTREACH AND SUPPORT FOR HOMELESS YOUTH
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB1774_SD1 .pdf
This bill was deferred (dead) because they put $1.1 million in the budget. Kat spoke with the State Homeless Coordinator, Scott Morishige, and he said that the appropriation was good for them. Kat needs to speak to him about ensuring that there is money for houseless youth. It is good to have this in the budget.