CAP Watch Conference Report: Day 2

MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

From Kat:
CAPConference ReportBusy day!  CAP presented testimony to the Senate Health Committee on a ‘sunrise review’ of establishment of  a tightly regulated system of medical marijuana dispensaries. We supported this reso in the House but have since been told by attorneys and DCCA that this type of review is only for professional licenses so they (DCCA) didn’t think it was necessary. So our testimony was that we support a regulated dispensary system but it is our understanding that a sunrise review is not necessary.

Then went to 5 conference committees with a break from 12 noon to 1:30 to run to UH Richardson School of Law to be on a panel (CELLING HAWAI`I – How corporations are exerting influence over the criminal justice system & how we can organize for change) about prison privatization, privateers and SCR 120 – the department’s Public Private Partnership resolution that could invite corporate prison profiteers into our beautiful Hawai`i. It was cleverly called. WE CANNOT LET THAT HAPPEN.

Here is today’s report:

SB 2574, SD1, HD2            RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA.     Registration; Requirements
HOUSE:  Representatives Belatti/Rhoads/McKelvey, Co-Chairs; Creagan, Nakashima, Fukumoto             SENATE:  Senators Green, Chair; Baker, Co-Chair; Gabbard, Kouchi, Slom

The Senate is “still considering” the House draft (CD1) that I think is probably similar to HB 2092 that restores the spirit and intent of the law that established the medical marijuana program in 2000. 

NEXT CONFERENCE: Tuesday, April 22nd at 9 am in Room 229


HB 2037, HD1, SD1           RELATING TO PROJECT KEALAHOU.         $
HOUSE:  Representatives Belatti/Morikawa, Co-Chairs; Jordan, Fukumoto
SENATE:  Senators Green, Chair; Chun Oakland, Co-Chair; Slom

I missed this one because of meetings with folks but see that they didn’t do anything.

NEXT CONFERENCE: Tuesday, April 22nd at 9 am in Room 229


HB 2205, HD1, SD1           RELATING TO CRIME.                     Habitual Property Crime
HOUSE:  Representatives Rhoads, Chair; C. Lee, Nakashima, Thielen
SENATE:  Senators Hee, Chair; Shimabukuro, Co-Chair; Slom

The Senate restored the probation option to the 4 speciality courts: HOPE, Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Veterans’ Court). The House is reviewing this to see if they will accept the amendments made by the Senate. The House kind of  indicated they were far apart from the Senate position. This one may go to the bitter end.

NEXT CONFERENCE: Tuesday, April 22nd at 1:30 pm in Room 325



HOUSE: Rhoads, Chair; Brower, Nakashima, Thielen
SENATE:  Espero, Chair; Hee Co-Chair; Gabbard, Ihara, Slom

CAP has not weighed in on this bill, however, transparency is a crucial part of integrity. So we are following this bill while not offering testimony. No discussion on this bill today…only a postponement until  tomorrow.

NEXT CONFERENCE: Tuesday, April 22nd at 4:30 pm in Room 325


HOUSE:  Representatives Carroll/Rhoads, Co-Chairs; Awana, Fukumoto
SENATE:  Senators Hee, Chair; Shimabukuro, Co-Chair; Galuteria

Today the House said they would accept the SD1 and write up a conference draft. I saw a member of the paroling authority  talk to Chair Carroll after the committee adjourned, so not sure what the CD1 will look like. I assume, from what Chair Carroll said in committee, that she is fine with it. She, in fact, wanted to take the vote today, but Co-Chair Rhoads wanted to review the draft.

NEXT CONFERENCE: Tuesday, April 23rd at 1:30 pm in Room 325

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare,  social justice can never be attained.
Helen Keller


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