CAPWATCH Action Alert – Contact Chairs & Good Bill Tues. 3.29 – Please support!

ACTION ALERTWe are approaching the end of the 2016 Legislative session (May 5th).  CAP has approximately 9 good bills that we are following and working to get scheduled for their last hearing.

THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP. We need to contact the committee chairs of the money committees (WAM and FIN) and the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee (JDL) to ask them to schedule the following bills.

Please contact Sen. Tokuda, WAM Chair – 587-7215 –sentokuda@capitol.hawaii.gov
Respectfully ask that WAM schedule HB 1046 SD1 (Wrongful Imprisonment) and pass this important bill.

Please contact Sen. Keith-Agaran, JDL Chair – 586-7344senkeithagaran@capitol.hawaii.gov
Respectfully ask that JDL schedule HB 2391 SD1 (Rel. Certain Misdemeanants) and pass this bill

Please conctact Rep. Luke, FIN Chair – 586-6200 – repluke@capitol.hawaii.gov
Respectfully ask that FIN schedule SB 2392 HD2 (Overdose Prevention) and pass this important bill

MAHALO …YOUR VOICE MATTERS !

 

Here is what’s happening at the big square building this week so far…

Monday, March 28, 2016: JDL is hearing the Penal Code Review bill (HB 2561 HD1) at9am. I did not send out an alert for that because the bill is over 100 pages and we don’t think the community is expected to weigh in on it. CAP’s testimony is attached. We addressed the 2 issues raised by the prosecutors in our support. It is, imho, the start of a long-needed discussion on criminal justice. I was on the committee and don’t like everything in the bill, however, it is good to get to know how folks think and what justice actually means to them.

At 2pm, there is a joint hearing with House Health and Public Safety committees on HCR 81/HR 43 requesting a study in feasibility of relocating Hawai`i State Hospital’s proposed forensic facility onto same site as the proposed new correctional facility on O`ahu.

HCR 81/HR 43             REQUESTING A STUDY ON THE FEASIBILITY AND SAFETY BENEFITS OF RELOCATING THE HAWAII STATE HOSPITAL’S PLANNED FORENSIC UNIT TO THE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY PLANNED TO BE BUILT ON OAHU.   http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HCR81_.pdf

Since this reso is going to FIN, CAP is gonna sit this one out. The part that caught Kat’s eye:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the study shall address: 

(1)   For reasons of functionality, whether the new state hospital forensic unit should be placed under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health or the Department of Public Safety, Corrections Division; and

How could anyone even consider that DPS could run a forensic facility?! MENTAL ILLNESS IS A HEALTH ISSUE. This is NOT what DPS does.

 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016:   THIS Low Income Renter Credit BILL WE HOPE YOU SUPPORT. IT WILL HELP REENTRY.

  • JUST CLICK ON www.capitol.hawaii.gov,
  • sign in on upper right corner
  • go to HB 2166
  • click “submit testimony”
  • click SUPPORT
  • write comments if you so choose and then click NEXT
  • scroll down and click, check what is recorded and then click again – DONE!

COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
Sen. Jill Tokuda, Chair
Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, Vice Chair
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
9:35 a.m.
Room 211

HB 2166 HD1 SD1       LOW INCOME RENTERS CREDIT                    WAM 3.29.16
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2166_SD1 .pdf
3.8.16 PASSED 3RD Reading – UNANIMOUS

CAP SUPPORTS! This bill updates the credit amount and qualifying income threshold for the Low-Income Household Renters credit (though blanked out in its current form) and improves the credit’s structure to implement tax policy best practices. In particular it (1) introduces a gradual reduction in the credit amount as household income increases (a “phase out”) and (2) makes the household income qualification threshold vary as a function of filing-status. Bottom line – it helps to stop the taxation of people and poverty, and helps to balance an unfair tax system where our lowest income residents pay nearly twice the tax rate as our most well to do.

CAP TESTIMONY: 3.28.16 JDL – Supporting HB2561 Testimony

 

“The happiness and prosperity of our citizens…is the only legitimate object of government and the first duty of governors.”
– Thomas Jefferson to Thaddeus Kosciusko, 1811

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