CAP Watch Update – March 26, 2014

From Kat:

CAPWATCH UPDATE

 Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bills and resos have been flying fast and I apologize for being out of touch. I’ve been testifying and monitoring several bills and resolutions. Most of the bills that we are testifying on have appropriations, so these bills will go the (hopefully no-so-bitter) end!

My computer had a nervous breakdown last weekend so I could never send out Action Alerts on the bills for Monday and Tuesday. It kept overheating and shutting down, so I just let it rest Saturday and then Sunday it did the same thing.

I finally surrendered and let it cool down! I guess it gave me a chance to chill out too…

I’m going to give you a fast rundown of where we are. I am happy to say that most of the good bills have gone or are scheduled to go to their last committees this week. Despite losing some great bills (compassionate release, eyewitness id, parole instead of max outs, and eliminating mandatory minimums) early on, we hung on and worked on other things that at least move the system in a better direction.

 

SB 2308 SD1        FUNDING PGMS FOR CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS. $                                                   http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2308_SD1_.pdf

Last committee hearing – FIN 3.27.14

                 

SB 2315 SD1        SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SERVICES AT HALAWA.   $                                                                   http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2315_SD1_.pdf

Last committee hearing – FIN 3.27.14

 

HB 2333 HD2      STATEWIDE INTEGRATED SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT PROGRAM.   $                                   http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2333_HD2_.pdf

Cap testified only when the bill included juveniles. CAP and the Judiciary

 

HB 2363 HD2, SD1            REENTRY PILOT PROJECT FOR NONVIOLENT DRUG LAW VIOLATORS.  $
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2363_SD1_.pdf

There will be an SD2 (not yet posted) on this since WAM amended the bill.

 

HB 2490 HD2      RELATING TO JUVENILE JUSTICE.             $                                                                          PSM/JDL, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2490_HD2_.pdf                     

  •   This bill needs a WAM hearing.

 

HB 2489 HD2      FUNDING FAMILY COURT PROGRAMS FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE.       $                            HMS/JDL, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2489_HD2_.pdf     

  •   This bill needs a WAM hearing.

HB 2116 HD1      ELIMINATING LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2116_HD2_.pdf

There will be an SD1 (not yet posted) on this since Senate Judiciary and Labor (JDL) amended the bill. There are no more hearings, now it needs to pass 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate and then cross to the House by April 3rd. The House has to agree or disagree to the Senate amendments. If the House does not agree, the bill goes to conference. We want the House to agree to the amendments.

 

HB 2037 HD1      PROJECT KEALAHOU               $                                                                                                     HTH/HMS, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2037_HD1_.pdf

  •   This bill needs a WAM hearing.

 

SB 2574 SD1, HD1             MEDICAL MARIJUANA.                                                                                                 HLT, JUD/CPC – 3.28
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2574_HD1_.pdf

This was originally Green’s bill that limited the doctors who could recommend medical marijuana. When it crossed over, Belatti inserted her good language from HB 2092.

 

HB 2092 SD1       CLARIFYING HAWAI`I’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2092_SD1_.pdf                      

Not sure what’s going to happen with this bill that really helps clarify things in the medical marijuana program that is moving to DOH in January. This is the House Health Chair’s (Belatti) bill and when it crossed over the Senate Health Chair

(Green) put in his bill SB 2574 that really limits the doctors who can recommend. It appears to be a subtle way to kill the program while giving the appearance of support.

 

SB 2609 SD1                        RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE.                                                                                              LAB, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2609_SD1_.pdf

  •   This bill needs a FIN hearing.

                                                               

SB 2884 SD2        DISCRETIONARY PAROLE GATE MONEY.                                                                                                PBS, FIN – 3.27
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2884_SD2_.pdf                                       

 

SB 60 SD1 HD1                   RIGHT TO RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FOR CRIME VICTIMS. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB60_HD1_.pdf

This bill is going to conference. The House has disagreed to the Senate’s amendments.

 

A note about conference committee:

It generally starts sometime during the 3rd week in April. Members are appointed by their respective leaderships. If a legislator voted “no” on a bill, that person cannot be on that particular bill’s conference committee.

It is kind of pro forma for both chambers to disagree at first. Sometimes things can be worked out, sometimes other bills are ‘traded’ and it is an important time to watch and be alert. One year parity for incarcerated women and girls passed conference and I didn’t realize that they sent the wrong bill to the Governor. Back to square one. It took 4 more years to pass this law. I learned a major lesson and that has never happened since. We watch closely. Conference is called the boneyard because most bills die there – either because they didn’t get scheduled for a conference committee or they met in conference and could not reach agreement on a final measure.  This is the time where the bills must be followed closely. The public is allowed to attend, but not to testify or to speak.  I will send out daily reports from the conference committee because that is where the rubber meets the road. Most of our bills have $ so they will have to wait until the budget is settled.

 

“It is not enough that we do our best;
sometimes we must do what is required.”

Winston Churchill

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