CAPWATCH: 2 Bills Tuesday & Wednesday – Please Support

2 BILLS NEED COMMUNITY SUPPORT TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY

 

CAPWATCHTUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR
Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, Chair
Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Vice Chair
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Room 016

HB 2561 HD1              PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL (135 PAGES)   JDL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_HD1_.pdf

3.4.16 PASSED 3rd  Reading  (Choy, Fukumoto Chang, Har, Ichiyama voting aye with reservations; Matsumoto, McDermott, Thielen voting no (3) and DeCoite, Saiki, Tupola excused (3).)

Law enforcement (police and prosecutors) are opposing this bill primarily for 2 things: 1) Increases the Felony Theft threshold from $300 to $750 as the Legislature recommended last session but the Governor vetoed. The threshold has not been increased since 1986 and this now places Hawai`i around the middle of most statesʻ statutes. The Penal Code Review committee made this recommendation in their recommendations; 2) It moves meth into the regular drug statutes (712-1241 etc). Itʻs funny because many of the judges on the committee were formerly prosecutors and now they see a different side of the issue from the bench. They want more judicial discretion. Thatʻs good – weʻve got to get rid of mandatory sentences that tie the courtʻs hands. THIS IS THE LAST COMMIITTEE FOR THIS BILL, SO WE NEED TO COME OUT IN SUPPORT!

 CAP POSITION:          SUPPORT

TALKING POINTS:

  • Raising the theft threshold is a big advancement in reform. This change, approved by the legislature last session, cold reduce the jail population and the sometimes inhumane conditions in which folks are forced to live
  • Giving the courts discretion in sentencing is another forward step in reform. No mandatory sentencing – the courts have all the information about the crime, the actors in that incident, etc. That is why we have 3 branches of government!
  • CAP needs to support even baby step reforms – we just need to keep moving forward!
  • This is a single referral, so this bill needs to pass to get to 2nd and 3rdReading in the Senate

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016

COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION & COMMERCE
Rep. Angus McKelvey, Chair
Rep. Justin Woodson, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair
Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, Vice Chair

Wednesday, March 23. 2016
2:10 p.m.
Room 325

SB 2392 SD2                NALOXONE     (OPIOID ANTAGONISTS)    HLT, CPC/JUD, FIN     

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2392_SD2_.pdf

3.8.16 PASSED 3rd Reading – UNANIMOUS (24 AYES; 1 excused (Riviere)

CAP POSITION:           STRONG SUPPORT

TALKING POINTS:

  • No one has to die from an overdose
  • In the Fall of 2015, the federal government (DHHS) started distributing Naloxone to rural areas
  • In Hawai’i there were 155 deaths in 2014 from drug poisonings/overdose
  • This bill HAS to pass or it will miss the deadline. PLEASE SUPPORT

 Fact Sheet from CHOW Project: Naloxone Fact Sheet 2016

A STRONG Community Voice Makes a HUGE Difference

YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

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