Conference Committee – Day 6 – Wednesday, April 30, 2015
Now it just needs the final vote in order to send it up to the Governor.
HB 631 HD2 SD1 BIRTH CERTIFICATES
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
SB 213 SD2 HD3 CONCURRENT SENTENCING
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.
SB 737 SD1 HD1 LIMITING INTEREST ON PAYDAY LOANS
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.
HB 148 HD2 SD1 WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
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.
HB 321 HD1 SD1 MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATEWIDE DISPENSARY SYSTEM
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.