CAPWatch Conference Update 5.1.15

Conference Committee – Day 7 – Friday, May 1, 2015

CAPWATCHGREAT NEWS – 2 MORE BILLS PASS CONFERENCE!

SB 213 SD2 HD3 CD1           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

PASSED CONFERENCE COMMITTEE 5.1.15

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SB 555 SD1 CD1        REFUNDABLE FOOD/EXCISE TAX CREDIT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB555_SD1_.pdF

PASSED 3rd Reading – UNANIMOUS

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

House: Johanson (Chair); Kobayashi, Pouha

PASSED CONFERENCE COMMITTEE 5.1.15

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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

The committee will reconvene on Monday, May 4th at noon in Room 229. Here’s the link to the hearing notice: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/hearingnotices/CONF_PSM_05-04-15_C_.HTM

Since leadership in both chambers has stepped in, something will emerge. Our hope is always is that puts patients first.

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The following bills did not make it this session:

SB 1367 SD1 HD1     PROJECT KEALAHOU
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1367_HD1_.pdf

4.10.15 PASSED 3rd Reading – UNANIMOUS

Senate: Green (Chair); Chun-Oakland,Inouye (Co-Chair); Gabbard, Slom

House: Belatti, Kobayashi (Co-Chairs); Jordan, Fukumoto-Chang

This bill needed clearance from the money committees but that did not happen so the bill is dead this session. As with all bills that are “deferred” it is alive for next session and starts where it  left off this session. In other words, this bill will start the 2016 session in conference committee – no more hearings.

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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

This bill needed clearance from the money committees but that did not happen so the bill is dead this session. As with all bills that are “deferred” it is alive for next session and starts where it left off this session. In other words, this bill will start the 2016 session in conference committee – no more hearings.

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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 held firm to the 36% cap (the advocate position) and the House would not agree. My prior post has the story from Civil Beat on the blow up at the final conference committee.

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This was supposed to be it.  Now that the HB 321 conference committee is reconvening on Monday, there is still one more bill that we helped pass that looks like it will make it to the Final vote.

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);
  • 11 or 12 bills went to conference (1 was SB 682 the companion bill to HB 321);
  • 7 bills passed conference (and we’re not done yet) – SB 982; SB 211; SB 569; SB 1291; HB 631; SB 213; SB 555

 

It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Nelson Mandela

 

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