CAP Watch Conference Report: Day 3

CAPConference ReportToday, we covered 5 conference committees (+2 reconvenes at 5pm) and got one bill passed! Yay! Here’s the scoops on what happened…

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

9 am conference: The push-pull between the House and the Senate is the language about “primary care physicians” that the Senate appears to be adamant about. The Senate is still “considering” the House CD1. Both sides are sticking to their positions.

5 pm conference: Senate agreed to include language on bona fide relationships but refused to delete the primary care physician language (didn’t mention all the specialty physicians the Chair added). The Chair even said he would defer the bill until next session. The House asked for another conference tomorrow.

NEXT CONFERENCE: Wednesday, April 23rd at 5 p.m. in Room 325                       

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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

This bill was in both the 9 am and 5 pm conferences. It is awaiting the settlement of the budget.

NEXT CONFERENCE: Wednesday, April 23rd at 5 p.m. in Room 325                       

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SB 60, SD1, HD1    VICTIMS OF CRIMES.        Bill of Rights for Victims; Restorative Justice
HOUSE:  Representatives Carroll/Rhoads, Co-Chairs; Har, Oshiro, Fukumoto

SENATE:  Senators Hee, Chair; Shimabukuro, Co-Chair; Slom

WE HAVE A BILL! The House agreed to the SD1 and it was voted out of conference committee. Now onto Final Reading in the House, probably on Tuesday, April 29th.

Please thank Sen Maile Shimabukuro for this progressive step forward in recognizing the power of healing relationships as a community building strategy. Her email is: senshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov. She has proven to be a champion for the people.

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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 House and Senate are far apart on this one. The House wants mandatory minimums and no probation, while the Senate wants the Judiciary to have some discretion between a mandatory one year term OR a sentence of probation to 1 of the specialty courts (Drug, Mental Health, Veterans Courts and HOPE program).

NEXT CONFERENCE: Wednesday, April 23rd at 1:30  p.m. in Room 325     

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SB 2591 SD1 HD1       POLICE OFFICER ANNUAL MISCONDUCT REPORTS
HOUSE:   Rhoads, Chair; Brower, Nakashima, Thielen
SENATE:  Espero, Chair; Hee Co-Chair; Gabbard, Ihara, Slom

CAP hasn’t testified on this, but we are watching in the interest of fairness and justice. There is still disagreement from the House.

NEXT CONFERENCE: Wednesday, April 23rd at 2:30  p.m. in Room 325     

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort,
and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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