CAP Action Alert: Week of Feb. 17 – 3 Hearings, 2 Info Briefings

Hearings & Informational Briefings
for the week of February 17, 2014

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

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  • Type the Bill number in the box and click on “Submit.”
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3 Hearings:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
1)
COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair
Rep. Sharon Har, Vice Chair
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Room 325
OPPOSE HB 1573

HB 1573          RELATING TO JUVENILE JUSTICE INFORMATION    JUD
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB1573_.htm

Allows the dissemination of information from the juvenile justice information system to law enforcement agencies for purposes of the administration of law enforcement and law enforcement agency employment.

CAP POSITION: OPPOSE

Talking Points:

  • Juvenile records are sealed for a reason – so youthful indiscretions don’t mark a youth for life
  • There is a committee (the JJIS) that is composed of law enforcement, judges, and juvenile justice folks
  • This bill was never discussed by the JJIS
  • Bill works against everything Hawai`i is doing in juvenile justice

The Senate version of this bill is dead. Although law enforcement came out in full support, this bill contravenes everything that is currently in the works to repair Hawai`i’s broken juvenile justice system. We are working to keep our youth out of the system. Juvenile Justice is one of the big topics at the legislature this year. If you can, please let the committee know that this bill is not good for our youth or for Hawai`i’s future.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
2)
COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
Sen. David Ige, Chair
Sen. Michelle Kidani, Vice Chair
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
9:05 a.m.
Room 211
SUPPORT SB 2315 

SB 2315   APPROPRIATION to PSD for SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT at HALAWA         PSM, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2315_.pdf

Appropriates funds to the PSD to provide substance abuse treatment services at Halawa.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • No brainer in light of recent busts of gangs,  guards, and drugs
  • Legislature should ask PSD for a report detailing the vendor(s), number of treatment slots, number of participants who registered, number of participants who completed treatment, and the costs.

3)
COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
Sen. David Ige, Chair
Sen. Michelle Kidani, Vice Chair
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
9:15 a.m.
Room 211
SUPPORT SB 2449 

 SB 2449           PROJECT KEALAHOU  HTH/HMS, WAM
 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2449_.pdf

Appropriates $50,000 for the continued funding of Project Kealahou, within the child and adolescent mental health division of the department of health.      BAKER, CHUN OAKLAND, TOKUDA, Kidani, Shimabukuro, Solomon

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • This is a wonderful program for girls that addresses trauma and other problems
  • They are asking for $50,000
  • This is a great investment in Hawai`i’s future!

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2 Information Briefings on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

1)
Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs
House Committee on Public Safety
2:00 PM
Room 423

The purpose of this informational briefing is to receive information and get an update from the Department of Public Safety regarding the recent Request For Information to rehabilitate, build and/or improve Hawaii’s prisons and correctional facilities.

2)
Committee on Health
2:30 PM
Room 329 

The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss the status and progress of the transition of Hawaii’s medical marijuana program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health. Topics will include the status of rulemaking, requests for department staff, transition of monies into the special fund, issues and recommendations related to access to medical marijuana, and the role and feasibility of medical marijuana dispensaries.

The informational briefing will host several speakers with knowledge and expertise in medical marijuana policy and advocacy.

All testimony or expressions of support or opposition are appreciated. It is good for legislators, especially in an election year,  to see the community support for justice. Mahalo for caring…

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