CAPWATCH Conference Day 5 4.27.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH CONFERENCE COMMITTEE UPDATE

DAY FIVE – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016

Tomorrow, Thursday 4.28th is the deadline for all non-fiscal bills (bills with no appropriations) and on Friday 4.29th  6 p.m. is the deadline for negotiations on fiscal bills. Lots of stuff is being kicked over to Friday so weʻll see what happens. Today 4 bills in conference: 2 passed (1 good – SB 2630 HI Corr Ind can sell products to public and one do nothing – HB 2391 Release of certain misdemeanants) and 2 will have more negotiations.

 

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_SD1_.pdf
The House is tinkering with language to make the habitual criminal language broader. What has been enormously frustrating is that the prosecutors sandbagged the final hearing and introduced things that were NEVER DISCUSSED during the 6 months of Penal Code Review Committee discussions.

The House will offer a CD1 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm. In Room 325

4.26.16 – Another CD1 will be offered – this makes Kat nervous!

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 2:15 p.m. in room 325

4.27.16 – House still working on CD1 expanding/broadening language on habitual offender statute. Iʻm getting really nervous about this bill as the AG whispers to the JDL Chair before the meeting.

The Committee will reconvene on THURSDAY, APRIL 28 at 2:20 p.m. in room 325

 

SB 2630 HD1 – HAWAI `I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES SALES OF PRODUCTS TO PUBLIC
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2630_HD1_.pdf
There is agreement to amendments requested by the department such as: deleting the section about the allocation of money as it is already in statute, and changing the funding for the study from $1.5 million to $100,000 as requested by DBEDT, tasked with doing the feasibility study for a reentry academy.

The committee is re-convening on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 3pm in 312

4.27.16 – Both Senate and House agreed to remove language that conflicted with other statutes and amended funding to $150,000. When both sides had the appropriate members, they voted and WE HAVE A BILL! A GOOD ONE TOO!

 

HB 2388 HD3 SD2  NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2388_SD2 .pdf
Kat has no idea what they plan to do with this bill. It is a mess – unclear and contradictory. It will be interesting to see how they extract themselves or not from this embarrassing mess. This bill is a great example of Ready, Shoot, Aim!

4.26.16 –  A CD1 was handed to the Senate. Chair Takayama announced that the CD1 contained language that the Governor commission a comparative analysis re: the property in Kalihi where OCCC currently sits and the Halawa site. Kat has been told that the MCCC money is in the budget, but she has not had time to check. Will do so and let you know.

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 3:35 p.m. in room 325

4.27.16 – The Senate is preparing a CD1.

The Committee will RE-CONVENE on FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH at 10 a.m.

 

HB 2391 HD2 SD2 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS, PETTY MISDEMEANANTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2391_SD2_.HTM
Can’t say what will happen with this bill. There were 15 Noes in the House and 2 in the Senate (and 4 ayes w/reservations) – not enough to kill the bill, but certainly enough to force the Chairs to amend the bill.

4.26.16 – Still don’t know what is going to happen with this bill. There is a CD1 in the works, but who knows.

The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 3:35 p.m. in room 325

4.27.16 – Imho this bill is a waste. It is not going to address the current over-population and has so many caveats that it will be a rare few who get released. Oh well. It passed and lots of time was wasted talking about those “scary” misdemeanants and petty misdemeanants. While the world around us embraces reforms, Hawai`i goes backwards. So sad.

The House and Senate agreed and the bill passed.

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