Good Samaritan & Prison Building Bills Wed. 2.11

ACTION ALERTBills have been flying fast and furious since they have to move our of their first committee(s) by Friday, Feb. 20th or they are dead for this session. Hence, there are lots of bills this week. I will just start off with all the bills getting hearings and you can choose which ones you want to comment upon.
YOUR VOICE IS SO VERY IMPORTANT.

Good Samaritan & Prison Building Bills
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
1:45 p.m.
Room 414

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH
Sen. Josh Green, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair

 

SB398 (WOMEN’S CAUCUS PKG; GOOD SAMARITAN POLICIES; MEDICAL AMNESTY)                HTH/PSM, JDL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB398_.pdf

RELATING TO HEALTH.
Establishes limited immunity for individuals who seek medical assistance for victims of overdoses of drugs or alcohol.                                               KIDANI, BAKER, CHUN OAKLAND, SHIMABUKURO, Inouye, L. Thielen

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT (CAP testimony here)

  • Overdose deaths are preventable. The majority of drug-related overdoses occur in the presence of others and there is usually time to intervene
  • The most common reason cited for not calling 911 for help during an overdose is fear of police involvement.
  • Hawai`i has the 34th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, with 10.9 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities  (Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic)
  • Laws  have been enacted in 17 states and adopted as policies by 240 colleges and universities

This bill would NOT protect people from prosecution for other offenses such as drug trafficking.  It would, however, provide amnesty from prosecution to people who call 911 by prioritizing the saving lives over arrests for drug possession.

 

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=398

 

(Same committees, however, Public Safety has the lead on this bill)

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH
Sen. Josh Green, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair

SB1190 CORRECTION FACILITIES; DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION; APPROPRIATION ($)   PSM/HTH, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1190_.pdf
RELATING TO CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.

Directs the executive branch to prepare preliminary design and request for proposals for the design, construction, and operation oPf a correctional facility. Appropriates moneys.WAKAI, HARIMOTO, KIDANI, Dela Cruz, Galuteria, Slom, Taniguchi

 

CAP POSITION: COMMENTS (CAP testimony here)

This is an embarrassing bill and I can’t believe that legislators put their names on it. It is from the Lingle era, is about a correctional treatment facility, is full of wrong information (because they didn’t bother to update it), and contains contradictory information. It’s a mess, but gives us an indication that the state is so hot to move on this that they have not really thought about the big picture, despite JRI giving good direction to us. Very sad to see desperation policy making when there is so much we can do.

This is the Senate companion bill to HB 840 that the House Public Safety Committee heard last Thursday (2.5). The House amended their bill to make it about OCCC and moving it to Halawa footprint. We need to make it untenable for any private prison corporation to gain a foothold in Hawai`i. NOW IS THE TIME TO VOICE ALL YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT HAWAI`I’S MASS INCARCERATION. Legislators need to hear from the community that we want ALTERNATIVES to incarceration.

 

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1190

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