CAPWatch Conference Update 4.29.15

Another bill passes conference! WOO HOO!!!

Conference Committee – Day 5 – Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREAT NEWS!

CAPWATCHToday, the CONFERENCE COMMITTEE PASSED SB 1291 – PROTECTION FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS. Now it just needs the final vote in order to send it up to the Governor.

SB 1291 SD2, HD1    EMPLOYMENT PROTECTIONS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1291_HD1_.pdf

PASSED 3rd Reading – 43-8  Ayes w/ reservations: Aquino, Cachola, Cullen, DeCoite, Fukumoto Chang, Johanson, Jordan, Matsumoto, Oshiro, Pouha, Tsuji, Yamane; No: Choy, Har, Kawakami, Kong, McDermott, Tokioka, Tupola, Ward

PASSED CONFERENCE COMMITTEE 4.29.15

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HB 631 HD2 SD1      BIRTH CERTIFICATES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB631_SD1_.pdF

4.14.15 PASSED 3rd Reading  – 23-2  Aye(s) with reservations: Gabbard, Kidani, Kouchi, Riviere;

No: Harimoto, Slom

The committee may vote tomorrow as they did not have quorum today. The committee will reconvene THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH at 8:45 am in room 229.

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SB 213 SD2 HD3       CONCURRENT SENTENCING
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB213_HD3_.pdf

PASSED 3rd Reading – UNANIMOUS

Senate: Keith-Agaran (Chair); Espero, Harimoto (Co-Chairs);Dela Cruz, Slom

House: Takayama, Rhoads, Johanson (Co-Chairs); Woodson, Tupola

The House and the Senate agree. The bill needs the release from the money committees and I have been e-mailing, dropping off notes and talking to the Chairs of FIN and WAM in the halls. This is a very important bill for CAP. It fixes the big expensive mess made by the Lingle administration. The committee will reconvene THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH at 10:15 am in room 325.

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SB 737 SD1 HD1         LIMITING INTEREST ON PAYDAY LOANS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB737_HD1_.pdf

PASSED 3rd Reading – UNANIMOUS   Ayes w/ reservations: DeCoite, Har, Kawakami, Keohokalole, LoPresti, Lowen, Matsumoto, Oshiro, Pouha, Rhoads, San Buenaventura, Tokioka, Ward

Senate: Baker (Chair); Kidani, Taniguchi

House: Woodson, Nishimoto (Co-Chairs); Brower, McDermott

The Senate gave a CD1 to the Chair and asked if he had reviewed it. Chair Woodson said the House would offer another draft because of the concerns that it might drive folks to the internet loans etc. What the House Chair did not say was that he is getting a lot of pressure from the payday lobbyists who keep telling him that putting a cap on the annual percentage rate allowed would shut down the industry. What he is also ignoring is that there ARE other ways for people to get short-term loans: credit unions, community lenders, etc. This industry preys on the most challenged folks in our communities. The committee will reconvene THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH at 11 am in room 016.

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SB 555 SD1 HD1       REFUNDABLE FOOD/EXCISE TAX CREDIT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB555_HD1_.pdF

PASSED 3rd Reading – UNANIMOUS   

Senate: Tokuda (Chair); Espero, Riviere, Ruderman, Slom

House: Johanson (Chair); Kobayashi, Pouha

This bill is dependent on the budget (sad statement since it is the ONLY low income tax bill left) so the committee will reconvene committee will reconvene FRIDAY, MAY 1ST at 2 pm in Room 309.

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HB 321 HD1 SD1      MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATEWIDE DISPENSARY SYSTEM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB321  SD1_.pdf

4.14.15 PASSED 3rd Reading – 23-2 Ayes w/ reservations: Espero, Harimoto, Riviere . Noes, 2 Kouchi, Slom           

House: Belatti, Rhoads, Luke (Co-Chairs); Sanbuenaventura, Takayama, Fukumoto-Chang

Senate: Green (Chair); Espero, Keith-Agaran, Tokuda (Co-Chairs);  Gabbard

Oh this is a battle this session. The House thanked the Senate for the draft and agreed to monthly inspections and the expansion of marijuana products. They are, however, far apart on several points: the timeline is too tight; it sets up a monopoly for big marijuana; the health care provider to run dispensaries; the business structure; production centers; $2 million and an agreement with a lab (which doesn’t yet exist) 90 days prior to applying (which means they would have to have $2 million NOW since the application is available on a first come; first-severed basis. Chair Green expressed his disappointment that the House did not present another draft and restated THIS IS THE SENATE POSITION. The committee will reconvene THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH at 1pm in Room 229.

We are getting down to the wire now. The last day for filing non-fiscal bills is tomorrow by around 6pm. And the deadline for filing fiscal bills is Friday by 6pm.   We are in crunch time and I am workin’ like crazy to get our bills across the finish line. And yes, I’ve been begging…always on behalf of justice!

So far we are doing well.

  • We helped 16 bills pass;
  • 2 have already been signed into law as Act 15 (SB 564 – Reentry Commission) and Act 16 (Data Collection re Children of Incarcerated Parents);
  • 12 bills went to conference;
  • 4 bills passed conference (and we’re not done yet) – SB 982; SB 211; SB 569; SB 1291

Action is the catalyst that creates accomplishments.
It is the path that takes us from uncrafted hopes to realized dreams.
Huxley, Thomas

Physiologist (1825-1895)

 

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