I just got back from the floor sessions for Third Reading on bills. A good day for CAP.
I am usually running back and forth between House and Senate sessions tracking bills, but the Senate really had it together today. Most of the bills were on the consent calendar, which means that the caucus had already discussed those bills, so there was no floor debate on the Consent Calendar. Then they whipped through the bills on pages 25-41 … their entire session from open to close was 52 minutes! CAP had 5 bills that we are working on and they all passed today!
HB 2037 HD1 SD1 PROJECT KEALAHOU http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2037_SD1_.pdf
Appropriates funds for the continued funding of Project Kealahou within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division of the Department of Health. Effective 7/1/2099. (SD1)
HB 2116 HD2 SD1 ELIMINATING LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS.
Eliminates sentences of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders. Establishes a limit on the minimum term of imprisonment before a prisoner who was less than eighteen years of age at the time of the offense becomes eligible for parole. (SD1)
PASSED: 24-1 (Slom voting No)
HB 2205 HD1 SD1 HABITUAL PROPERTY CRIME
Establishes as a sentencing option a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of one year upon the conviction of the offense of habitual property crime. (SD1)
HB 2363 HD2, SD2 REENTRY PILOT PROJECT FOR NONVIOLENT DRUG LAW VIOLATORS. $
Provides systematic reentry programming for nonviolent, low-risk drug offenders by establishing a reentry pilot project for nonviolent, low-risk drug offenders. Effective 7/1/2050, and repealed on 6/30/2016. (SD2)
HB 2490 HD2, SD2 RELATING TO JUVENILE JUSTICE. $ (This bill is from the Pew JJ Working Group)
Enhances the juvenile justice system by concentrating secure bed space on serious juvenile offenders. Strengthens disposition, adjustment, diversion, and services available for juvenile offenders to ensure family court judges, court staff, departmental staff, and service providers have the tools needed to keep youth safely and effectively in their communities. Increases interagency collaboration. Establishes a temporary Juvenile Justice Oversight Advisory Council. Makes an unspecified appropriation. Effective 7/1/2030. (SD2)
PASSED: 23-0 (2 with reservations (w/r): not listed but I suspect Thielen and Slom & 2 excused: Galuteria, Hee)
We have 4 bills CAP is working on in the House. They all passed. The House went at a much quicker pace than ever before. Some years 3rd reading in the House went late into the night. I left at about 3:45 and they had only 4 pages to go. I checked the web and they seemed to be done around 5. Good for them!
SB 2315 SD1 HD1 SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SERVICES AT HALAWA. $
Appropriates funds to the PSD to provide substance abuse treatment services to Halawa Correctional Facility inmates. PASSED UNANIMOUSLY (1 excused: Wooley)
SB 2308 SD1 HD1 FUNDING PGMS FOR CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS. $
Makes an appropriation to the department of public safety for programs and services for children of incarcerated parents and to assist with family reunification. (SB2308 HD1)
SB 2609 SD1 HD2 RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE.
Increases minimum wage rate to $7.75 per hour beginning on 1/1/15, $8.50 per hour beginning on 1/1/16, $9.25 per hour beginning on 1/1/17, and $10.00 per hour beginning on 1/1/18. Increases the tip credit to 50 cents per hour beginning on 1/1/15, and 75 cents per hour beginning on 1/1/16; provided that beginning1/1/15, the combined amount the employee receives in wages and tips is at least $7 more than the applicable minimum wage. (SB2609 HD2)
PASSED UNANIMOUSLY (with reservations w/r: Awana, Fale, Fukumoto, Hanohano, Har, Johanson, Kawakami, Matsumoto, Takumi, Tokioka)
SB 2884 SD2 HD1 DISCRETIONARY PAROLE GATE MONEY.
Specifies that Hawaii Paroling Authority expenditures for cost and maintenance of committed persons, e.g., expenditures for funds provided upon discharge, be subject to legislative appropriation. Clarifies circumstances under which the Authority may grant early discharges. Provides discretion to the Authority to consider for a pardon recommendation a parolee who has been on parole for at least five years. (SB2884 HD1)
There are 3 resolutions with their referrals on which CAP has been offering testimony – SUPPORT SCR 80 & SCR 116; OPPOSE SCR 120 SD2.
SCR 80 – REQUESTING THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION TO REMOVE MARIJUANA FROM SCHEDULE I OF THE FEDERAL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT IN RECOGNITION THAT MARIJUANA DOES NOT MEET THE CRITERIA OF A FEDERAL SCHEDULE I CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, AS A CURRENTLY ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA IN TREATMENT EXISTS IN THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING HAWAII.
REFERRED TO: PBS, CPC/JUD
SCR 116 – REQUESTING THE HAWAII ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO DEVELOP AN EDUCATIONAL LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM FOR WILLIAM S. RICHARDSON SCHOOL OF LAW GRADUATES TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES TO PURSUE PUBLIC INTEREST CAREERS IN HAWAII THAT DIRECTLY SERVE UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
REFERRED TO: HRE (HIGHER ED, Isaac Choy, Chair), FIN
SCR 120 SD2 – REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO EXPLORE A COMPETITIVELY PROCURED PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT FOR A NEW SYSTEM OF CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES THAT MAY INCLUDE REENTRY CENTERS, REPORTING CENTERS, TREATMENT CENTERS, PRISONS, JAILS, AND HALFWAY HOMES, TO BE OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE STATE AND ITS COUNTIES.
REFERRED TO: PBS, FIN
I will provide more information on the bills and things we can do to move them along when things slow up a bit. Tomorrow there is a briefing on Justice Reinvestment from 10 – 11 am in Room 224. I’ll let you know how that goes. Again, mahalo nui for all the testimony. It helps legislators do the right thing when they know the community is behind them.