CAP Watch: Conference Report from Kat 4.24.13

DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013

HB 1279 HD1 SD2 – FUNDING FOR REINTEGRATION
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB1279_SD2_.pdf
Pump UpAll funding bills are awaiting the settlement of the budget. We remain hopeful.
The committee will reconvene on Friday, April 26th at 10:15 am in Room 312.

HB 218 HD1 SD2 – CORRECTIONS POPULATION MANAGEMENT COMMISSION – 2 SEATS FOR HAWAIIANS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB218_SD2_.pdf
Waiting for WAM and FIN to ‘release’ the bill even though there are no budget impacts. The House has a CD1 ready to go with the effective date ‘upon approval’.
The committee will reconvene on Thursday, April 25th  at 1:40 pm in Room 312.

HB 668 HD2 SD2  – TRANSFER OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM FROM PSD TO DOH
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB668_SD2_.pdf
The Senate is preparing a draft that will:

·         Increase the registration fee to $35

·         Ensure that the transfer will happen no later than 1/1/15

·         Remove task force since PSD and DOH are already working together

·         Adopt the HD2 position

·         Effective date ‘upon approval’

The Senate wants 1 bill for transfer and program improvement.
The House wants 2 separate measures (this is better); House said PSD is already auditing funds received and expended for the program and will transfer the surplus to DOH; House would allow the current registration fees to stay at PSD for the operation of the program.

Both House and Senate will run the draft by their money committees for approval since the transfer would involve the moving of funds from one department to another
The committee will reconvene on Thursday, April 25th  at 2:00 pm in Room 229.

SB 642 HD2 – TOBACCO; MEDICAL CANNABIS PROGRAM; TRANSFER TO DOH
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB642_HD2_.pdf
The Senate wants a set of separate drafts but prefers one large bill for HB 668 and SB 642 (bad!) Senate will get draft to House by 8:30 am Thursday.
The committee will reconvene on Thursday, April 25th   at 2:00 pm in Room 229.

HB 385 HD2 SD1 – EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB385_SD1_.pdf
Had another meeting and couldn’t make this conference.
The committee will reconvene on Thursday, April 25th   at 12:45 pm in Room 229.

Speaking truth to power is the best job in any democracy.
Molly Ivins

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