Iʻm working on the tracking sheet and have hit a few snags that need to be ironed out before I post it to you. Suffice it to say that some good bills crossed over to the other chamber and so did some bad ones.
The big bills for CAP this session are HB 2388 HD3 (the bill for OCCC and MCCC. More on this below as it is being heard on Friday in the Senate) and HB 2561 HD1, the Administration of Justice Bill that finally increased the theft statute from $300 to $750 placing Hawai`i around the middle of where most states set their threshold for this B felony and they moved meth out of the mandatory category and into the statute with other drugs. The prosecutors and police are coming out in force to defeat these provisions, so we need the community to come out and support the bill.
This coming week is crankinʻ already. Lots of hearing notices posted late Friday. So here is whatʻs happening and where we need community support to keep the bills moving.
Today I am only sending out Monday and Tuesday notices for bills we support. I donʻt see anything for Wed or Thursday yet, however Tuesday is the Con Am for Victim Rights (we still donʻt see how it will make anything better for victims) and I am still researching things on that bill. Will send out findings later. Friday is HB 2388 HD1 the prison bill which now removes Halawa. I still have a lot of work to do on this and will get talking points and our testimony to you asap.
Please help support these three bills by going to www.capitol.hawaii.gov
Here for more info on how to testify.
YOUR VOICE REALLY DOES MATTER!
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016
COMMITTEE ON HEALTH
Rep. Della Au Belatti, Chair
Rep. Richard Creagan, Vice Chair
Monday, March 14, 2016
STRONG SUPPORT FOR SB2392 SD2 – OPIOID ANTAGONISTS
SB 2392 SD2 NALOXONE HLT, CPC/JUD, FIN
3.8.16 PASSED 3rd Reading – UNANIMOUS (24 AYES; 1 excused (Riviere)
CAP SUPPORTS! This bill is supported by public health folks. No one has to die from an overdose. Hawai`iʻs poisoning rate has increased dramatically and it is mostly from prescribed opioids, like oxycodone. Making this medication available and holding first responders and harm reduction organizations harmless for saving a life is a best practice. When this bill passes, Hawai`i will have implemented 8 of the 10 best public health practices.
CAP Testimony: 3.14.16 HLT SB 2392 SD2
Naloxone Fact Sheet: Naloxone Fact Sheet 2016
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016
COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR
Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, Chair
Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Vice Chair
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
STRONG SUPPORT FOR HB 1046 HD1 – WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
HB 1046 HD1 WRONGFUL CONVICTION AND IMPRISONMENT; INNOCENCE REDRESS
Provides compensation and expungement of conviction to persons who can demonstrate they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned when actually innocent. (HB1046 HD1) RHOADS, MIZUNO, TAKUMI, WOODSON
Read committee report: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/HB1046_HD1_HSCR411-16_.htm
CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT
CAP TESTIMONY: HB1046_TESTIMONY_JUD_02-02-16_
- Justice demands that the state must be held accountable for wrongdoing, just as we hold lawbreakers to account
- The state can never compensate a person for ruining his/her life, however, this bill can help the person start to rebuild the life lost through years of wrongful incarceration
- This acknowledgement and compensation by the state is important for the integrity of our justice system
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Will Espero, Vice Chair
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
SUPPORT FOR HB 2391 HD2 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS
CAP TESTIMONY: 3.15.16 PSM Testimony SUPPORTING HB 2391 HD2
CAP SUPPORTS! Misdemeanors and petty misdemeanors are the lowest category of crime. As of 12.7.15 there were 281 sentenced and pre-trial misdemeanants incarcerated statewide. If calculated at $137/day – that costs more than $38,000 a day and more than $1 million a month. If only 50% of these folks were released, wouldnʻt it make sense to spend that $500,000 a month on community programs for those released and others needing services?
This bill has been amended a couple of times and includes only nonviolent lawbreakers and has several caveats for ineligibility such as: person denied bail or whose bail is more than $5,000; charged with or convicted of or is on probation or parole for a serious crime; arrested or convicted for abuse of family or household members; or arrested for or convicted of any other crime of violence. It also includes language to clarify: the order of release does NOT dismiss or terminate charges; director must notify prosecutor of the release; director must create policies and procedures for the release of pre-trial and sentenced misdemeanants and petty misdemeanants; director can impose conditions in court order; and violation of conditions of release may result in revocation or other court-imposed conditions.
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