3 More Good Bills – Hearing Thurs. 2.13.14 – Please Support

Three more GOOD bills coming up for hearings on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13th ,

in WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE

If you would like to send testimony, please go to: www.capitol.hawaii.gov

  • cap action alertSign in at the top.
  • Click on the “Submit Testimony” icon.
  • Type the Bill number in the box and click on “Submit.”
  • Click on “support” or “oppose”
  • Click on “Individual” (unless you are a bonafide Organization)
  • Add comments if you wish or attach written testimony from your browser Click on “Next”
  • Check small box at the bottom
  • Press Submit again and you will get a “Successful” message
  • A copy of your testimony will be emailed back to you.

Ways and Means does not take oral testimony, so you only need to go to the website and click on SUPPORT for these bills. 

You can leave a short comment in the box provided. Of course, you can always write testimony.

 FYI, Chair David Ige is challenging Governor Abercrombie in the primary this year,so it is good to let him know that the community is very supportive of issues like these three bills.

 COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
Sen. David Ige, Chair
Sen. Michelle Kidani, Vice Chair
Thursday, February 13, 2014
9:30 a.m.
Room 211
SUPPORT & INSERT BILL NUMBER

SB 2308 – RELATING TO CHILDREN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2308_.pdf
Makes an appropriation to the department of public safety for programs and services for children of incarcerated parents and to assist with family reunification.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Research shows that children with incarcerated parents are 6 to 7 times more likely than other children to be incarcerated themselves
  • Hawai`i has fathers and sons serving time together and we have had mothers and daughters serving time together at WCCC.
  • We must view programming for these children and youth as an investment in our future 

 

SB 2592 – REENTRY PILOT PROJECT FOR NONVIOLENT, LOW-RISK DRUG OFFENDERS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2592_.pdf
Authorizes the establishment of a diversion and reentry pilot project. Appropriates funds. Repeals July 1, 2016.

THIS IS THE COMPANION BILL TO HB 2363 IN THE PRIOR CAPWATCH ALERT. 

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Hawai`i’s Reentry law (Chapter 353H, HRS) was passed in 2007 and nothing has really been done to date
  • This bill is a pilot program to release nonviolent drug lawbreakers into a range of community-based treatment to help individuals successfully transition to the community
  • Research is clear that seamless reentry from incarceration to the community, addressing people’s needs is what works
  • Appropriately programming someone for successful reentry  is cheaper in the long run than prison in terms of economic and social costs. 

 

SB 2884 SD1 – PAROLE; APPROPRIATION; DISCHARGE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2884_SD1_.pdf
Specifies that funds for discharged persons be subject to legislative appropriation. Clarifies circumstances under which the paroling authority may grant early discharges. Provides discretion to the paroling authority with respect to initial pardon consideration as it relates to paroled prisoners. (SD1)

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Parole discretionary fund for gate money not to exceed $200 (restoring prior practice)
  • Parole discretion to discharge individual who has been on parole for 5 years
  • JRI showed that HI has longer parole terms than most jurisdictions. This bill requires a review.

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.
– Samuel Adams

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