CAPWATCH Update: Bills heard on 2.4.16

CAPWATCHHere is an update on Thursday, February 4th  bills heard in House Human Services and House Public Safety Committees. Mahalo for your testimony – it definitely helped defeat the bad juvenile justice information bill and Kat heard there were fireworks in the Public Safety Committee when they were not going along with the OCCC move to Halawa. Kat is still embroiled in the electric company merger hearings, which should be over on February 10th.

MAHALO NUI FOR YOUR TESTIMONY — YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

 

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

HB 1832 – JUVENILE JUSTICE INFORMATION
CAP Position: Oppose

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1832_.pdf

Allows the dissemination of information from the juvenile justice information system to law enforcement agencies for purposes of the administration of law enforcement and law enforcement agency employment. SOUKI

DEFEATED!  7 OPPOSED; 2 SUPPORT

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COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY

HB 2388 – EXEMPTING NEW OCCC FROM CHAPTER 343 – EIS LAW
CAP Position: Oppose

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2388_.pdf

Creates an exemption from Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §343-5 for a jail facility to be built adjacent to Halawa Correctional Facility and funding therefore and makes clarifying amendments.     (SB 2917)  GOVERNOR

PASSED WITH HD1  – 4 SUPPORTED; 7 OPPOSED; 2 COMMENTS

We are going to have to watch this bill closely. Kat heard that the administration was shocked at the hearing…they thought everyone would blindly follow…not so! THEY CUT THE HEART OF OUR CHAPTER 343! The committee also incorporated some of HB 1721 into this bad bill!

HB 1721 – NEW OCCC ON HALAWAA FOOTPRINT; $
CAP Position: Oppose

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1721_.pdf

Requires the construction of a correctional facility at the Halawa Correctional Facility site to replace the existing OCCC. Requires a study on the feasibility of State redevelopment of the land that is currently occupied by OCCC. Appropriates funds. CACHOLA, EVANS, MIZUNO, SAY, TAKAYAMA, Rhoads

DEFERRED/DEAD – 7 SUPPORTED; 5 OPPOSED; 3 COMMENTS

HB 2188 – HAWAI`I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES; OPEN MARKET SALES
CAP Position: Support

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2188_.pdf

Authorizes Hawaii Correctional Industries to sell products and services on the open market to the general public.TAKAYAMA, AQUINO, BELATTI, CACHOLA, CHOY, CREAGAN, EVANS, HAR, ICHIYAMA, JOHANSON, KAWAKAMI, KEOHOKALOLE, KONG, LOPRESTI, MCDERMOTT, MIZUNO, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, OHNO, POUHA, SAN BUENAVENTURA, SAY, TOKIOKA, YAMANE, YAMASHITA, Brower, DeCoite

PASSED WITH HD1 – 6 SUPPORTED; NONE OPPOSED

HB 2001 – COMMISSION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND SENTENCING REFORM
CAP Position: Support

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2001_.pdf

Establishes a Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform in the Governor’s Office.  Requires the Commission to develop a statewide framework of sentencing and corrections policies  to further reduce the State’s incarcerated population by 25% by year 2025. The Commission shall also develop a plan to reduce spending on corrections and reinvest in strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism.  MIZUNO, BELATTI, CACHOLA, CREAGAN, FUKUMOTO CHANG, HASHEM, ICHIYAMA,   KEOHOKALOLE, KOBAYASHI, LOPRESTI, LOWEN, MORIKAWA, NISHIMOTO, POUHA, SAIKI, SAY, SOUKI, TAKAYAMA, TSUJI, Choy, DeCoite

PASSED WITH HD1 – 8 SUPPORTED; 1 OPPOSED; 1 COMMENT

SB 2629 – PU`UHONUA COMMISSION
CAP Position: Support

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2629_.pdf

Establishes the puuhonua commission within the department of public safety to help post-incarcerated persons, probationers, and parolees reintegrate into society. Creates county advisory committees to advise the commission. Establishes a special fund.  ESPERO, INOUYE, SHIMABUKURO, Baker, Galuteria

PASSED WITH HD1 – 5 SUPPORTED; 2 OPPOSED

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“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. 

If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” 
– William Faulkner

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