CAPWatch Conference Update 4.30.15

Conference Committee – Day 6 – Wednesday, April 30, 2015

GREAT NEWS!

CAPWATCHToday, the CONFERENCE COMMITTEE PASSED HB 631 – BIRTH CERTIFICATE BILL. 

Now it just needs the final vote in order to send it up to the Governor.

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

PASSED CONFERENCE COMMITTEE 4.29.15

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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. I was told today that FIN and WAM released the bill (it has no fiscal impact)

And it will be voted on tomorrow, FRIDAY, MAY 1ST at 2pm in 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 House does not want the cap and the Senate is holding firm, so I don’t have much hope for this bill. The committee will reconvene FRIDAY, MAY 1st  at 10:15 am in room 016.

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HB 148 HD2 SD1                  WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB148_SD1_.pdf

4.10.15 PASSED 3rd Reading – UNANIMOUS Aye w/reservations: Thielen

House: Rhoads, DeCoite (Co-Chairs); Sanbuenaventura, McDermott

Senate: Keith-Agaran (Chair); Tokuda (Co-Chair), Riviere, Shimabukuro, Thielen

Although the House and Senate agree on the language, FIN and WAM have not released the bill as yet. I am hoping that this bill passes. It would improve the quality of justice in Hawai`i by asserting that the state is held as accountable as citizens for wrongdoing. The committee will reconvene FRIDAY, MAY 1st  at 2 pm in room 325. PLEASE SEND GOOD VIBES TO THE COMMITTEE. THIS IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT JUSTICE ISSUE.

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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

There was a much more congenial atmosphere today as leadership (Senate President Donna Kim and House Majority Leader Scott Saiki) attended the conference committee. The Senate and House have agreed to some issues but are still negotiating others. The committee will reconvene FRIDAY, MAY 1st  at 1pm in Room 229.

I believe something will emerge, but in what form, one cannot say. We just hope that this is about patients and helping people.

Today was the last day for filing non-fiscal bills and tomorrow is the deadline for filing fiscal bills.   This is it.

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;
  • 5 bills passed conference (and we’re not done yet) – SB 982; SB 211; SB 569; SB 1291; HB 631

Do your little bit of good where you are;
it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
-Desmond Tutu

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