CAP Action Alert: 3 Bills (2 Good, 1 Baaad) – Hearing on Thurs. 2.13.14

Three bills (2 good, 1 baaad) 
coming up for hearings on 
Thursday, February 13th

in two different committees

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

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COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair
Rep. Sharon Har, Vice Chair
Thursday, February 13, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Room 325
INSERT BILL # & POSITION HERE

HB 2363 HD1 – REENTRY PILOT PROJECT FOR NONVIOLENT, LOW-RISK DRUG OFFENDERS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2363&year=2014
Provides systematic reentry programming for nonviolent, low-risk drug offenders by establishing the Reentry Pilot Project for Nonviolent, Low-risk Drug Offenders. Effective July 1, 2020, and repealed on June 30, 2016.

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

 

HB 2205 – RELATING TO CRIME        
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2205_.pdf
Raises the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for Habitual Property Crime to two years if an offender is sentenced to probation.

CAP POSITION: OPPOSE

Talking Points:

  • Property crime is largely motivated by drugs – individuals stealing to feed their substance disorder
  • This bill INCREASES mandatory minimum sentences at a time when the federal government, the right wing of the Republican Party and a plethora of research show the ineffectiveness of mandatory mins
  • “When I look at the evidence we have now, I realize we were wrong. Our reliance on a one-size-fits-all approach to sentencing has been a great mistake. Mandatory minimums are costly, unfair, and do not make our country safer.” Senator Patrick Leahy, Chair of US Senate Judiciary Committee and co-author (with Sen. Rand Paul of  the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013)

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COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair
Thursday, February 13, 2014
2:50 p.m.
Room 229|
SUPPORT – SB 2215 – MEDICAL AMNESTY

SB 2215 – RELATING TO MEDICAL AMNESTY.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2215_.pdf
Establishes limited immunity for individuals who seek medical assistance for victims of alcohol or drug-related overdoses or themselves during an alcohol or drug-related overdose emergency.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • From 2005-2012, drug poisoning/overdose was leading cause of fatal injuries in Hawai`i surpassing falls, motor vehicle, drowning and other injury-related death
  • The majority of drug-related overdoses occur in the presence of others
  • The most common reason cited for not calling 911 for help during an overdose is fear of police involvement
  • This bill would NOT protect people from prosecution for other offenses such as drug trafficking
  • 17 states and 240 colleges and universities have Good Samaritan laws/policies

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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