Please Contact Governor’s Office Re: Bills You Care About

Call GovernorAll of our 2014 Justice Bills have been sent to the Governor!

Please help the bills CAP supported cross the finish line!

NOW is the time to contact the Governor on any or all of the bills that you care about.

The Governor has until June 23 (35 days after session) to decide which bills he is going to veto and he will issue his “intent to veto” list that day.

So now is the time to start contacting the Governor or his reps about the bills you care about. He has 3 options: 1) sign the bill into law; 2) veto the bill (which would not happen until after June 23rd); or 3) let the bill become law without his signature.

July 8th is the last day for the bills and if there is a veto session (which I doubt) it would be help soon after.

CONTACTING THE GOVERNOR OR HIS REPRESENTATIVES:

Interestingly, the Governor’s website says: Governor Abercrombie is committed to closing the communication gap between Hawaii’s people and their government.” However, the Governor disconnected his e-mail so there appears to be no way to e-mail him. You can contact him by letter, phone, or fax:

Governor Neil Abercrombie
Executive Chambers, 
State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 586-0034 | Fax: (808) 586-0006

Here are the phone numbers for Neighbor Island representatives of the Governor:

KAUAI
Wanda Kau-Shibata, Governor’s Representative; Carrice N. Caspillo,Constituent Services Representative
Ph: (808) 274-3100

MOLOKAI
Beverly Pauole-Moore, Governor’s Volunteer Representative
Ph: (808) 553-9000

LANAI
Leticia “Letty” Castillo, Governor’s Volunteer Representative
Ph: (808) 565-6380

MAUI
JoAnn Inamasu, Governor’s Representative; Michelle Ankele-Yamashita, Constituent Services Representative
Ph: (808) 243-5798

WEST HAWAII
Barbara Dalton, Governor’s Representative; Abigail Au, Constituent Services Representative
Ph: (808) 327-4953

EAST HAWAII
Wendy Cortez-Botelho, Governor’s Representative; Kaonohi Kahele, Constituent Services Representative
Ph: (808) 974-6262

REMINDERS: Always be friendly and polite. Leave your name and contact info, ask for the name of the person to whom you are speaking, ask the Governor to sign the bills, and thank the person for taking your message.

If can, let me know that you have made contact.  Mahalo nui.

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HB 2205 HD1 SD1 CD1         HABITUAL PROPERTY CRIME                              http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2205_CD1_.htm                                    TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR MAY 5, 2014

Imposes a mandatory minimum term of one year imprisonment upon conviction for the offense of habitual property crime. Authorizes probation only for a first conviction of the offense of habitual property crime. (HB2205 CD1)

CAP MESSAGE: We hope the Governor vetoes the bill. Please ask him to veto this bill.

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SB 2308 SD1 HD1 CD1         FUNDING PGMS FOR CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2308_CD1_.pdf
ENROLLED TO GOVERNOR MAY 1, 2014

Appropriates $125,000  to the department of public safety for programs and services for children of incarcerated parents and to assist with family reunification. (CD1)

CAP MESSAGE: The research is clear that children who have an incarcerated  parent are 6 to 7 times more likely to end up incarcerated themselves. We need to pay attention to these children and youth and help them follow a positive path to their goals. There are some great community groups that work with these children and youth. Please ask the Gov to sign.

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SB 2315 SD1 HD1 CD1         SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SERVICES AT HALAWA
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2315_CD1_.pdf
ENROLLED TO GOVERNOR MAY 1, 2014

Appropriates $110,000  to the PSD to provide substance abuse treatment services to Halawa Correctional Facility inmates. (CD1)

CAP MESSAGE: There are drugs in Halawa…the RICO bust of USO members and guards highlighted that. Let’s at least work to provide treatment for those who want it. These funds could get at least 2 more groups going, I was told. Please ask the Gov to sign.

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HB 2363 HD2, SD2 CD1       REENTRY PILOT PROJECT FOR NONVIOLENT DRUG LAW VIOLATORS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2363_CD1_.pdf
TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR MAY 5, 2014

Provides systematic reentry programming for nonviolent, low-risk drug offenders by establishing and funding a reentry pilot project for nonviolent, low-risk drug offenders. Appropriates $250,000. (HB2363 CD1)

CAP MESSAGE: This is the first implementation of the 2007 Reentry law. It is manini (small), nonetheless a start. Since so many of our incarcerated population are there for drugs or drug-related crimes, this pilot will help the state figure out how to help people successfully reintegrate with their communities. Of course, actually listening to what these folks have to say would be a quicker way to see what’s needed…it’s a start! Please ask the Gov to sign.

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HB 2490 HD2, SD2 CD2       RELATING TO JUVENILE JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2490_CD2_.HTM
TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR MAY 5, 2014

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 appropriation of $1,260,000. (HB2490 CD2)

CAP MESSAGE: This bill is a really good start at reserving HYCF beds for youth who must be separated from the community because of a serious offense. It works to create more community-based programs to enhance probation options (which the Family Court has been pointing out for years) as well as prison-based programs for youth serving sentences at HYCF and Kapolei Detention Center (which looks just like Saguaro Prison in AZ…). Please ask the Gov to sign.

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HB 2116 HD2 SD1 CD1        ELIMINATING LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2116_CD1_.pdf
TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR MAY 5, 2014

Eliminates sentences of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders. (HB2116 CD1)

CAP MESSAGE: This bill was stripped down to eliminating juvenile life without parole from Hawai`i Revised Statues. We are happy to get this off the books! Please ask the Governor to sign this bill that comports with his Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Plan.

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HB 2037 HD1 SD1 CD1        PROJECT KEALAHOU
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2037_CD1_.pdf
TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR MAY 5, 2014

Appropriates $216,000 for the continued funding of Project Kealahou within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division of the Department of Health. (HB2037 CD1)

CAP MESSAGE: This bill is for a really good program for girls. Please ask the Gov to sign this bill and support our girls!

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SB 60 SD1 HD1 CD1             RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB60_CD1_.htm
ENROLLED TO GOVERNOR MAY 1, 2014

Affords victims and surviving immediate family members, and any accompanying loved ones, the right to participate in restorative justice processes for the harm suffered by the victim, upon written request, and requires those parties to be informed of this right by the police or prosecutor. (CD1)

CAP MESSAGE: This bill basically gives victims the option to participate in a restorative practice. It doesn’t do much, however, it introduces the idea that healing from crime is important.

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Please let Kat (kat.caphi@gmail.com) know if/when you contact the Governor.  We like to track responses to inquires. Remember to smile when you talk to his office, thank them and leave your name with them. Don’t forget to give the bill # and 1 reason for him to support it.

Mahalo nui!

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On Friday, May 23rd, the Governor signed SB 2609, the Minimum Wage bill.  Yay!!!

SB 2609 SD1 HD2 CD1         RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE                                                http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2609_CD1_.pdf                                      
SIGNED BY 
GOVERNOR MAY 23, 2014

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 $10.10 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 beginning 1/1/15, the combined amount the employee receives in wages and tips is at least $7 more than the applicable minimum wage. (CD1)

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