WOW! Tues. 3/31 is rockin’ with good measures! Please support!

Tremendous Tuesday – MARCH 31, 2015

5 good resos & 2 good bills!

PSM/JDL: 2 good resos
PSM: 3 good resos
JUD: 2 good bills

If can, please support!

ACTION ALERT

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR

9:30 am

SR 45  REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO PROVIDE AN ITEMIZED ACCOUNTING OF THE $1,000,000 THAT THE JUSTICE REINVESTMENT INITIATIVE SET ASIDE IN 2012 FOR COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS AND THE $3,400,000 SET ASIDE IN 2013 FOR EXPANDING TREATMENT PROGRAMS AND VICTIMS’ SERVICES AND INITIATING PLANS TO ESTABLISH A RESEARCH AND PLANNING OFFICE.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SR45_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

This is a simple, straightforward resolution: WHERE DID THE MONEY GO ???  This administration said they would be accountable and transparent. As taxpayers and concerned citizens we must speak out about how and where our tax dollars are used.

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SR&billnumber=45

SCR 122 REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT AN AUDIT TO DETERMINE THE EXISTENCE OF POTENTIAL PATTERNS OF ABUSE IN THE USE OF STATE AND FEDERAL LEAVE BENEFITS BY ADULT CORRECTIONS OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SCR122_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

This is all about visitation. We need to send a strong message supporting this audit. The sick leave abuse in public safety is ridiculous. Visitation and maintaining connections to loved ones is vital to reducing recidivism. As a community, we must press for accountability and transparency, as the Governor promised us.

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SCR&billnumber=122

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COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS

1:15 pm

SCR 128 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO FORM A WORKING GROUP TO EXAMINE SMARTER SENTENCING TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND RELIABILITY OF STATE CRIMINAL SENTENCING PRACTICES.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SCR128_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

The House Resolution on Smarter Sentencing is actually better – HCR 146. This one wants the working group to  look back 10 years to determine where smarter sentencing was applied. CAP would like whatever group is named to recommend SMART changes to the sentencing statutes…reducing some felonies to misdemeanors and decriminalizing some other minor offenses (similar to what CA just did in Act 47).  Please support!

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SCR&billnumber=128

SCR 149 REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A FINANCIAL AUDIT OF COMMISSARY OPERATIONS AT OUT-OF-STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES CONTRACTED TO HOUSE HAWAII INMATES.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SCR149_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

OK, this is our chance to relate the experiences that we know of about the price gouging at Saguaro. I don’t think there has ever been an audit of CCA’s commissary or even if the department ever questioned the price increases that have routinely occurred. Of course we know this is at the expense of families, many who are already struggling to make ends meet while they scrape together money to send to those inside. C`mon folks, let’s educate the legislature on what really happens inside.

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SCR&billnumber=149

SCR 90 ENCOURAGING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO CONTINUE AND EXPAND ITS STRUCTURED COMMUNITY PLACEMENT PROGRAMS TO ASSIST IN TRANSITIONING FORMERLY INCARCERATED FEMALE INMATES BACK INTO SOCIETY.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SCR90_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

  • Community Placement is a step in the reentry process; allowing women to go from more to less structure and enabling the gradual reintegration process to happen more seamlessly, thus increasing the odds for successful community reintegration.
  • Community Placement services for women are cost effective in that they impact the social fabric of our community by decreasing recidivism and contributing to stopping the revolving door, thus preempting the intergenerational cycle of abuse, addiction, crime and incarceration.

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SCR&billnumber=90

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The two following bills are really important to support as they are in the last committee. We hope that bot these bills just pass as is so that neither goes to conference. All testimony has been in support for both bills.

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

2:05 pm

SB 913 SD1  DATA COLLECTION RE CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB913_SD1_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

This will at least give us a somewhat accurate number. Right now we are saying 6,000 but we really have no data to back that up. It’s a start and has taken 10 years to get to this point. Please support.

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=913

SB 564 SD1  EXTENDS REENTRY COMMISSION TODECEMBER 1, 2019
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB564_SD1_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

The department needs a push to support real reentry. The commission was really neutered (by the dept. not calling meetings). Hawai`i needs to do better to help folks exiting incarceration. 

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=564

 

 

Mahalo for caring about and raising your voice for justice!

 

 

Good Bill Monday – You can help improve the quality of justice in Hawai`i Nei!

ACTION ALERTIMPORTANT BILL ON MONDAY, MARCH 23RD NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

HB147HD1  EYEWITNESS ID
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB147_HD1_.pdf

Read  Testimony:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Session2015/Testimony/HB147_TESTIMONY_JUD_02-20-15_.PDF

Read Committee Report:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/CommReports/HB147_HD1_HSCR609_.htm

The HD1 (1)  Clarifies the requirement for consistent appearance with respect to unique or unusual features for participants in the photo or live lineup;(2)  Ensures that any identification actions, e.g., speaking or moving, are performed by all lineup participants in a live lineup;(3)  Deletes the provision for instructions to the jury regarding eyewitness identifications because it duplicates the Hawaii Supreme Court’s requirements.

The bill allows law enforcement to plead “too burdensome”, however CAP offered to buy file folders for each county so that eyewitness identifications could still be “blind” because the folders are shuffled.

3.10.15 Crossed to Senate – PASSED 49-2 (McDermott, Tupola voting no)

3.12.15 PASSED 1st Reading in Senate – Referred to JDL, WAM

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
Why this bill should be supported:

  • 72% of the 325 wrongful convictions were due to eyewitness mis-identification
  • The October 2014 produced by the National Research Council  validates that the mind is not a videocamera and memory is unreliable
  • It is scientifically sound best practice for police and courts to reform their eyewitness identification procedures (see CAP testimony here)
  • The report is the result of 30 years of research and field testing
  • Setting uniform standards statewide for eyewitness identification procedures is important to improve the quality of justice in Hawai`i

2 Bills in Senate Health/Public Safety Committees on Fri. 3/20

ACTION ALERTFRIDAY, MARCH 20th, the Senate Health and Public Safety Committees will hear 2 bills: new OCCC for minimum and medium populations and medical marijuana dispensaries.

HB 840 HD1  DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION PLAN FOR NEW OCCC
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB840_HD1_.pdf

Directs the Director of Public Safety to prepare preliminary design and request for proposals for the design, construction, and operation of a community correctional facility. Appropriates funds.

CAP POSITION: COMMENTS

To weigh in on this one, go to www.capitol.hawaii.gov, sign in and go to:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=840

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HB 321 HD1  REGULATED STATEWIDE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY SYSTEM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB321_HD1_.pdf

Establishes a system of medical marijuana dispensaries and production centers. Prohibits counties from enacting zoning regulations that discriminate against licensed dispensaries and production centers. Clarifies the right of qualifying patients and primary caregivers to transport medical marijuana. Appropriates funds.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

As Rep. Takayama said on the floor last week, “this bill fulfills a promise we made to patients 15 years ago.” 

To SUPPORT, go to www.capitol.hawaii.gov, sign in and go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=321

 

 

4 Good Bills in House Public Safety on Thurs. 3/19

ACTION ALERTUPCOMING HEARINGS THIS WEEK – 4 on THURSDAY 3.19 & 2 on FRIDAY 3.20

The session really excelerates from this point on. The House Public Safety Committee has scheduled a hearing onTHURSDAY,MARCH 19th for 4 bills: concurrent sentencing; reentry commission; data on children of incarcerated parents; JRI bill re pretrial risk assessments.

SB 213 SD2    CONCURRENT SENTENCING
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB213_SD2_.pd

Requires the department of public safety to send written notice to defendants with terms of imprisonment imposed prior to June 18, 2008, to notify these defendants that the department may recalculate their multiple terms of imprisonment and their right to petition the court for clarification or correction when there is good cause. Effective 01/07/2059. (SD2)

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT CAP AMENDMENT: Notification to incarcerated persons should be by mail at least 6 months in advance AND written notice shall also be posted at all facilities for at least 2 months.

To SUPPORT, go to www.capitol.hawaii.gov, sign in and go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=213

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SB 564 SD1    EXTENDING THE REENTRY COMMISSION TO 2019
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB564_SD1_.pdf

Extends the reentry commission expiration date to December 1, 2019. (SD1)

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

To SUPPORT, go to www.capitol.hawaii.gov, sign in and go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=564

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SB 913 SD1    DATA COLLECTION – CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB913_SD1_.pdf

Requires the department of public safety to collect data relating to the number of incoming offenders into the state correctional system who are parents, the number of children they have that are under the age of eighteen, and any other information that the department of public safety deems useful to facilitate services to incarcerated parents or their children.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

To SUPPORT, go to www.capitol.hawaii.gov, sign in and go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=913

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SB 1331 SD2  JRI – RISK ASSESSMENTS, BAIL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1331_SD2_.pdf

GOOD BILL – PART OF JUSTICE REINVESTMENT: The SD2  (1) blanks  the number of working days within which pretrialrisk assessments, pretrial bail  reports, and arraignments must be completed after an arrest;(2)  blanks the number of days within which intake service centers must interview lay sponsors; (3)  Inserts  a “defective” date of January 7, 2059 (to keep the bill moving).

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

To SUPPORT, go to www.capitol.hawaii.gov, sign in and go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1331

Good bill in Senate Judiciary Monday, 3.16 @ 9:30

ACTION ALERTNOTICE OF HEARING

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR
Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Chair
Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Vice Chair
Monday, March 16, 2015
9:30 am
Conference Room 016

HB 1326      RELATING TO THE PENAL CODE.   JDL, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB1326_.pdf

Increases the monetary threshold to $750 with respect to property or services for theft in the second degree, effective 2016.  Provides for 2% automatic yearly increase thereafter.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Here is CAP’s testimony on this bill as it was heard in the House,

  • A recent poll in Texas (a red state) found that 57% of the people said that $1,500 should be the felony threshold.
  • Hawai`i’s $300 felony threshold (punishable by up to 5 years incarceration) has not changed since 1986

To SUPPORT, go to www.capitol.hawaii.gov, sign in and go to http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1326

Mahalo nui!

24 bills still alive after crossover – mostly good, too!

CAPWATCHKat has been reading bills and committee reports for the last two day in order to compile lists. Below is a mini list with no information about the bills.

Kat has a longer list in pdf version that gives more information about the bills drafts and CAP positions. If you would like her to send it to you, let her know. It’s 10 pages in PDF format.  We need to keep the good things moving and the bad things unscheduled!

CIVIL RIGHTS
HB 631HD2             BIRTH CERTIFICATES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB631_HD2_.pdf
3.10.15 Crossed to Senate –  PASSED 41-10
GOOD BILL!

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Children of Incarcerated Parents Data Collection
SB 913SD1  DATA – CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB913 _SD1_.pdf
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED 24-0-1 excused
(Shimabukuro arrived late)
GOOD BILL

DNA from individuals released on parole, probation, or other release
SB 211SD1  SENTENCING FOR THOSE NOT PROVIDING DNA SAMPLE
www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB211_SD1_.pdf
BAD BILL!

Pre-Trial Assessment
SB 1331 SD2   JRI BILL: PRE-TRIAL ASSESSMENT; BAIL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1331_SD2_.pdf
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED 24-0-1 excused
(Shimabukuro arrived late)
GOOD BILL – PART OF JUSTICE REINVESTMENT

Reentry Commission
SB 564 SD1 EXTENDING THE REENTRY COMMISSION TO 2019
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB564_SD1_.pdf
3.5.15 Crossed to House – PASSED UNANIMOUSLY
3.6.15 Passed 1st Reading in House
GOOD BILL.

GOOD SAMARITAN/MEDICAL AMNESTY

SB 982SD1    MEDICAL AMNESTY/GOOD SAMARITAN BLL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB982  SD1_.pdf
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED 24-0-1 excused (Shimabukuro arrived late)
Good Bill!

INNOCENCE
HB 148 HD2   WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB148_HD2_.pdf
3.10.15 Crossed to Senate – PASSED UNANIMOUSLY
GOOD BILL

JUVENILE JUSTICE
SB 1367 SD1   PROJECT KEALAHOU
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1367_SD1_.pdf
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED UNANIMOUSLY
GOOD BILL

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Body Cams
HB 365 HD1   BODY CAMS FOR POLICE, $
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB365_HD1_.pdf
3.6.15 Crossed to Senate – PASSED UNANIMOUSLY
3.10.15 PASSED 1st Reading in Senate – Referred to PSM, WAM
GOOD BILL

Evidence Retention
SB 152 SD1   RETENTION OF BIOLOGICAL  EVIDENCE – Limits
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB152_SD1_.pdf
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED UNANIMOUSLY (Ihara w/r)
BAD BILL
3.12.15 Passed 1st Reading in House

Eyewitness ID
HB147HD1              EYEWITNESS ID
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB147_HD1_.pdf
3.10.15 Crossed to Senate – PASSED 49-2 (McDermott, Tupola voting no)
GOOD BILL

MARIJUANA

SB 879  DECRIMINALIZING MARIJUANA
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB879_.pdf3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED 22-3 (22  Ayes with reservations: Sens Inouye, Slom . Noes, 3 Sens Harimoto, Kidani, Kouchi)
GOOD BILL

Dispensaries
HB 321 HD1   MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATEWIDE DISPENSARY SYSTEM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB321  HD1_.pdf
3.10.15 Crossed to Senate – PASSED 43-8
(Reps Aquino, Cachola, Choy, DeCoite, Fukumoto Chang, Ichiyama, Johanson, Jordan, Kawakami, Keohokalole, Matsumoto, Oshiro, Say, Tsuji, Yamane, Yamashita voting aye with reservations (16); Reps Cullen, Har, Kong, McDermott, Pouha, Tokioka, Tupola, Ward voting no (8) and none excused (0). )
NEEDS WORK BUT SOMETHING MUST EMERGE

Patient Protections
SB 682 SD2    PROTECTING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS & CAREGIVERS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB682_SD1_.pdf
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB682_SD2_PROPOSED_.HTM
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED 49-2
Ayes with reservations (3): Sens Inouye, Kidani, Kouchi . Noes:  Sens Harimoto, Slom (2). Excused, 0 .
GOOD BILL

SB 1291 SD2  EMPLOYMENT PROTECTIONS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1291_SD2_.pdf
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED 49-2
Ayes with reservations (3): Sens Inouye, Kidani, Kouchi . Noes:  Sens Harimoto, Slom (2). Excused, 0.
GOOD BILL

NEW CONSTRUCTION
HB 840 HD1   NEW PRISON
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB840_HD1_.pdf
3.6.15 Crossed to Senate – PASSED UNANIMOUSLY
3.10.15 Passed 1st Reading in Senate

SB 1374 SD2   LAND SWAP TO FACILITATE MOVING OCCC TO HALAWA
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1374_SD1_.pdF
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED UNANIMOUSLY (Slom w/r)

PROCUREMENT

HB 1292 HD2   PROCUREMENT – PAST PERFORMANCE; BAD ACTORS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB1292_HD1_.pdF
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED UNANIMOUSLY (2 excused: Jordan & McDermott)
GOOD BILL

SB 1228 SD2   RULES FOR PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1228_SD2_.htm
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED UNANIMOUSLY
NEEDS WORK – COULD BE GOOD          

SENTENCING

SB 213 SD1   CONCURRENT SENTENCING
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB213_SD1_.pd
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

SB 569 SD1  THEFT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB569_SD_.pdf
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED 23-1 (Thielen, w/r; Slom, No; Shimabukuro, excused)
WEAK BILL – HB 1326 is the good bill!

 HB 1326   THEFT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB1326_.pdf
3.6.15 Crossed to Senate – PASSED 39-12 (Reps. Aquino, DeCoite, Jordan, Keohokalole, Oshiro (5) voting aye with reservations; Reps Cullen, Fukumoto Chang, Har, Kawakami, Kong, Matsumoto, McDermott, McKelvey, Pouha, Thielen, Tupola, Yamane (12) voting no)
Good Bill

TAXES – LOW INCOME

SB 555SD1   REFUNDABLE FOOD/EXCISE TAX CREDIT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB555_SD1_.pdF
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED 24-0-1 excused(Shimabukuro arrived late)
3.12.15 Passed 1st Reading in House

SB 737 SD1   LIMITING INTEREST ON PAYDAY LOANS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB737_SD1_.pdf
3.10.15 Crossed to House – PASSED 24-0-1 excused(Shimabukuro arrived late)
3.12.15 Passed 1st Reading in House

GOOD Reso Thurs 3.5 @ 10 am

ACTION ALERTNOTICE OF HEARING

Thursday, March 05, 2015
10:00 am
Conference Room 309

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY
Rep. Gregg Takayama, Chair
Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/hearingnotices/HEARING_PBS_03-05-15_.HTM

A G E N D A

HCR 10          REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO REVIEW AND REPORT ON STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES’ LEAVE POLICIES AND CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS’ LEAVE USAGE RATES.      PBS, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/Bills/HCR10_.pdf

CAP POSITION:  SUPPORT
CAP Testimony here.

This is kind of a softball reso, imho, so that the department can boast that they have had 100% visitation at all facilities. Are we really celebrating that people are showing up to work for which they are paid by taxpayer dollars? 100% visitation shows that this could have been done l-o-n-g  ago – why wasn’t it???

CAP is supporting the audit that will put the obvious in writing. Always good to have the documents!

To SUPPORT go to www.capitol.hawaii.gov and sign in and go to:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=HCR&billnumber=10

CAPWATCH ACTION ALERT & MINI UPDATE!

ACTION ALERTAloha Justice Advocates!

We are heading to Crossover, where all bills still alive cross over to the other chamber for their rounds of committee hearings. THERE ARE SOME BILLS THAT NEED HELP IN ORDER TO CROSS.

PLEASE CALL WAYS & MEANS AND POLITELY ASK THAT WAM SCHEDULE THE FOLLOWING BILLS:

Chair Tokuda: (808) 587-7215 orsentokuda@capitol.hawaii.gov

 SB 1018   ID CARDS FOR INCARCERATED PERSONS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1018_.pdf

SB 665 SD1   INDEPENDENT PRISON OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB665_SD1_.pdf

SB 560   AUDIT OF DPS FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB560_.pdf

SB1020   ELECTRONIC MONITORING
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1020_.pdF

Narrative about the session thus far:

CAP has been testifying and commenting on almost 70 bills so far. Our goal is to get the legislature to see that people who break the law and are incarcerated are still members of our community and that more than 95% will be returning to our communities. How they are treated in prison will determine what happens when they come home.

Several really good bills are still alive and will cross over next week. After Crossover, Kat will send you a list of what made it to the second half of the session.

On a positive note, six really bad bills are DEAD this session:

 SB 632   ASSET FORFEITURE FOR PETTY MISDEMEANORS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB632_.pdf

SB 229   SHARING JUVENILE JUSTICE INFO WITH POLICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB229_.pdf

HB 165   SHARING JUVENILE JUSTICE INFO WITH POLICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB165  .pdf

Comments:         This is Maui prosecutor Richard Minotoya pushing this bill that has been vehemently opposed by the Judiciary and CAP for the 2nd year in a row. Law enforcement already has some access to information. They want more.

HB 1461   ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS FOR YOUTH
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB1461 .pdf

SB 1235  ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1235_.pdf

Comments: Keith Kaneshiro, the Honolulu prosecutor testified,  that he is passionate about our youth, which is why  he keeps introducing this bill (and wanting to lock them up???).

SB 513  MANDATORY MINIMUM FOR UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY INTO MOTOR VEHICLE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB569_SD1_.pdf

 

2 good bills NEED YOUR SUPPORT to cross over

ACTION ALERTTUESDAY 3.3 & WEDNESDAY 3.4

We are in Crossover (the 2nd week in March), when all bills that are still alive go to the other Chamber for their rounds of hearings. This week is the week when we want to have hearings on all the bills we want to cross over.

The Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee has scheduled two hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday for two good bills that we hope you will support so that they can cross over to the House.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR
SB 1332 SD1 – PAROLE REVOCATION
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1332_SD1_.pdf

This is a good bill and part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative that provides another option for the Judiciary to consider.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
CAP Testimony here.

To SUPPORT go to www.capitol.hawaii.gov and sign in and go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1332

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR
SB 982 – MEDICAL AMNESTY/GOOD SAMARITAN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB982_.pdf

Establishes limited immunity for individuals who seek medical assistance for themselves or others experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose or other medical emergency.

This is an important bill that is widely supported by Dept. of Health, the med school, and many, many health advocacy groups. 17 states and

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
CAP Testimony & Talking Points here

To SUPPORT go to www.capitol.hawaii.gov and sign in and go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=982

 

CAPWATCH ALERT for Thursday, Feb 26: 2 bills (1 in Senate,1 in House)

UPCOMING HEARINGS – Thursday, February 26, 2015

ACTION ALERTCOMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES AND HOUSING
Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland, Chair
Sen. Josh Green, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair

Thursday, February 26, 2015
1:30 p.m.
Room 016

SUPPORT FOR SB 913 – DATA COLLECTION ON CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB913 _.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
CAP wants something to pass. All these bills are a good start to actually caring about these kids. 

  • Currently we are ‘guesstimating’ how many of our children and youth have incarcerated parents
  • Collecting the data will help the state and child advocacy organizations seek funding to help this underserved population
  • Providing services to these keiki will stop intergenerational incarceration 

To SUPPORT this bill, sign into www.capitol.hawaii.gov and then go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=913

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COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair
Rep. Joy Sanbuenaventura, Vice Chair

Thursday, February 26, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Room 325

SUPPORT FOR HB 1326  – THEFT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB1326_.pdf      

Increases the monetary threshold to $750 with respect to property or services for theft in the second degree, effective 2016. Provides for 2% automatic yearly increase thereafter.

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT
This is the best reform of the theft statute yet!  Kudos to Speaker Souki for understanding the cost-benefit analysis (both social and economic)!

To SUPPORT this bill, sign into www.capitol.hawaii.gov and then go to:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1326

YOUR VOICE MATTERS!