CAP Watch: Conference Report from Kat 4.25.13

DAY 6 – THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

 Another bill passes (HB 622) – but I don’t know yet if it is really good

 Tomorrow is the absolute last day…if bills don’t get out of conference they are make pau (dead) this session.

SB 71 SD2 HD1 – MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAMS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB71_HD1_.pdf
Pump UpThe budget is settled, but we are still awaiting the money committees’ release of the bill. Have heard that it will be $500,000 per year ($250,000 for PSD and $250,000 for nonprofit Purchase of Service (POS) contracts for programs. Nothing is ever sure until the final reading. However, that’s the news for now…
The committee will reconvene on Friday, April 26th  at 10:30 am in Room 312.

HB 385 HD2 SD1 – EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB385_SD1_.pdf
Still awaiting money committee approval.
The committee will reconvene on Friday, April 26th in Room 229.

HB 622 HD1 SD1 – Media Shield – Freedom of the Press
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB622_SD1_.pdf
This bill passed the committee, but I haven’t seen what it says, so I don’t know if it is good or bad. Will let you know when I find out. The good,I guess, is that we would have had no media shield after June 30th, 2013 if nothing passed. Sad that the legislature went through all these machinations when they only had to repeal the sunset date and it would have been done. Politics to da max!

HB 218 HD1 SD2 – CORRECTIONS POPULATION MANAGEMENT COMMISSION – 2 SEATS FOR HAWAIIANS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB218_SD2_.pdf
Still waiting for money committees to release the bill.
The committee will reconvene on Friday, April 26th  at 1:00 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
Drafts are circulating. One good thing is that there will be two separate bills…one to transfer the program from PSD to DOH (HB 668) and one to make improvements to the program (SB 642).
The committee will reconvene on Friday, April 26th at 2:00 pm in Room 229.

SB 642 HD2 – TOBACCO; MEDICAL CANNABIS PRG.; TRANSFER TO DOH
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB642_HD2_.pdf
This is the bill to make improvements to the medical marijuana program. At yesterday’s hearing Sen. Green said he wanted to make a few tweaks to the House version that was diligently crafted by Rep. Belatti after she reviewed the task force report, patient’s observations, testimony, and what other programs around the US are doing. The draft she offered was really middle of the road in these type of programs.

Today, however, Sen. Green’s draft was not a tweak; it was a  rewrite of the draft; he totally backtracked on his word. It was so disappointing and disingenuous. I have been around a long time and found it absolutely appalling.
The committee will reconvene on Friday, April 26th at 2:00 pm in Room 229.

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