CAP Watch: Bills Signed by Governor & Brief Comments from Kat, 5.2.13

MAHALO NUI LOA TO ALL WHO SENT IN TESTIMONY, MADE CALLS, AND HELPED US MOVE TOWARD GREATER JUSTICE. YOUR VOICE IS SO VERY IMPORTANT AND IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED BY THOSE WHO ARE INCARCERATED AND THEIR FAMILIES.

YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE!

Overall, CAP did well this session. As of today, we have 4 bills signed into law:

HB411 HD2 – COMPASSIONATE CARE FOR RAPE VICTIMS – SIGNED BY GOV  4.23.13 –  ACT 27
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB411_HD2_.pdf

HB 919 – STATE EMPLOYMENT – SIGNED BY GOV  4.22.13 –  ACT 30
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB919_.pdf

HB 1133 SD2 – REPEAL PLDC – SIGNED BY GOV  4.22.13 –  ACT 38
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB1133_SD2_.pdf

SB 61 SD 1 HD1 – RESTORATIVE JUSTICE – INFORMAL ADJUSTMENT FOR JUVENILES – ACT 6
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB61_HD1_.pdf

The bill reducing mandatory minimums and restoring some judicial discretion for B & C drug felonies SB 68
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB68_HD1_.pdf   
is now on the Governor’s desk. I was stressing as I checked each day and didn’t see it enrolled to the Governor. It was just put on the web yesterday as being sent to the Governor on 4.29.13. Now we have to work to get the Governor to sign it as the AG and law enforcement are against it (even though all the bad amendments are theirs!).

We didn’t get a lot of what we wanted, but we did make some changes that can start the process of reform. Securing funding for reintegration (not enough, but hopefully enough to provide some leverage for other funding) and Act 30 – HB 919 – is a good way to get people into the workforce. The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, under the leadership of former Senator Dwight Takamine,  has been really terrific in tackling workforce development and reentry for those exiting incarceration.

I will write more as I de-compress over the next few days and reflect on what happened, why, and what we can do next session to strengthen our efforts on behalf of those who are incarcerated and those who are exiting incarceration.

With heartfelt thanks to all of you who care about our people…

Love, 
Kat

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