CAPWATCH: 6 bills Wed, Thurs. & Fri this week!

ACTION ALERTWow! We have plenty of bills coming up this week. Kat has several inquiries out to folks on some bills, so they are not included in this post.  Here are bills of interest coming up on Wed (PSM/JDL),Thursday (WAM & PBS), and Friday (EDU/JDL).

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016

PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL, AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Will Espero, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR
Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, Chair
Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Vice Chair

SB 2147 – ELECTRONIC MONITORING

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2147_.pdf 

Establishes an alternative incarceration pilot program with mandatory electronic monitoring under the DPS for parolees and the judiciary for probationers. Establishes criteria for eligibility, conditions, and retake.$. Repeals on 12/31/2019. GABBARD, HARIMOTO, SHIMABUKURO, Baker, Chun Oakland, Galuteria, Keith-Agaran, Kim, Nishihara, Riviere, Slom

CAP POSITION:   SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

CAP TESTIMONY: 2.10.16 PSM-JDL Testimony on SB 2147

TALKING POINTS:

  • The use of electronic monitoring (EM) must be used instead of incarceration in prison or jail
  • EM must not as an additional condition of parole, probation or pre-trial release
  • EM must be implemented with an alternative mindset that rejects the punitive philosophy that has dominated criminal justice since the rise of mass incarceration

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SB 2179 – DRUG PARAPERNALIA

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2179_.pdf

Changes drug paraphernalia possession and delivery offenses from felonies to civil violations.

ESPERO, ENGLISH, GREEN, RUDERMAN, Baker, Dela Cruz, Gabbard, Keith-Agaran

CAP POSITION:  SUPPORT

CAP TESTIMONY:  2.10.16 PSM-JDL Testimony in SUPPORT of SB 2179

TALKING POINTS:

  • CAP supports decriminalizing paraphernalia
  • Our jails are overflowing with small time lawbreakers
  • Use our resources for things that work – We don’t want to build a criminal underclass!

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SB 2198 – REENTRY PILOT PROJECT; NONVIOLENT, LOW-RISK DRUG OFFENDERS; ($)

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2198_.pdf

Extends the reentry pilot project for nonviolent, low-risk drug offenders. Makes an appropriation. Repeals on June 30, 2018.                 ESPERO, BAKER, INOUYE, NISHIHARA, SHIMABUKURO, Galuteria, Slom

CAP POSITION:  SUPPORT

CAP TESTIMONY:  2.10.16 PSM-JDL Testimony in SUPPORT of SB 2198

TALKING POINTS:

  • Never heard of this program – wonder what DPS did with the money???
  • CAP supports all things that assist individuals making the transition back to their communities

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016

WAYS AND MEANS
Sen. Jill Tokuda, Chair
Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, Vice Chair

SB 2299 – EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2299_.pdf

Creates a ten per cent state earned income tax credit. Requires reporting by department of taxation. Applies to taxable years beginning after 12/31/2016.    ESPERO, CHUN OAKLAND, Baker, Dela Cruz

CAP POSITION:  SUPPORT

CAP TESTIMONY:  2.11.16 WAM Testimony SUPPORT SB 2299

TALKING POINTS:

  • A state refundable EITC is an affordable, targeted reform that encourages work and strengthens local economies.
  • Families in Hawai‘i have seen their dollars’ purchasing power shrink over the years. The costs for basic necessities have dramatically risen while wages have seen only a slight increase.
  • Hawai‘i’s legislators should adopt the policy for the benefit of our businesses and working families.

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COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY
Rep. Gregg Takayama, Chair
Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair

 HB 2391 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2391_.pdf

Defines the circumstance for the Director of Public Safety to release pre-trial and sentenced misdemeanants at community correctional centers.                                   GOVERNOR

CAP POSITION:  SUPPORT

CAP TESTIMONY:  2.11.16 PBS Testimony in SUPPORT ofHB 2391

TALKING POINTS:

  • The Corrections Population Management Commission should be properly engaged on these issues before they come before the legislature
  • This is a common-sense management measure
  • Incarceration should be for those who are a danger to society

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016

COMMITTEE ON EDUCTION
Sen. Michelle Kidani, Chair
Sen. Breene Hariimoto, Vice Chair

SB 2110  – ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS FOR JUVENILES INVOLVED IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1666_.pdf

Appropriates funds to the department of education for two alternative schools to provide ongoing education to juveniles involved in the justice system or at risk of involvement in the justice system.

SOUKI (Hon Prosecutor’s Pkg)

CAP POSITION:   OPPOSE

CAP TESTIMONY:  2.12.16 EDU-JDL Testimony OPOSING SB 2110

TALKING POINTS:

  • While mainstreaming students is happening, the prosecutor is proposing to do the opposite
  • Youth that are involved in the juvenile justice system need supports from their family, school and community
  • Nearly half have been arrested for status offenses such as running away from home or being truant from school
  • Youth are already stigmatized and traumatized by their involvement with the law enforcement and court systems. They should not be stigmatized further by removal from their home school and friends into an alternative school placement

 

“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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