CAPWATCH Status Update

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH STATUS UPDATE
Saturday, April 30, 2016

From Kat:

First, I want to thank every person who wrote testimony, emailed, called legislators, and/or  talked to your family and friends for caring about justice. We, together, had a successful session. YOUR VOICE REALLY MATTERS. When legislators heard from the people about $489.3 million for a new OCCC and NO environmental review, YOUR VOICE MADE THE DIFFERENCE. Yesterday I was approached by many people who were shocked that the bill died, since it was touted as a priority. This issue of criminalizing social problems brings together allies in so many different sectors. The future looks very exciting for us to reform a broken system – AND IT WILL TAKE ALL OF US TO DO IT!

Here is a quick scorecard of how we did this session:

  • 11 of the bills we worked on passed all their committees
  • 9 bills went to conference (the 2 low income renter credit bills didn’t get scheduled)
  • 6 bills passed conference (1 we didn’t support) and funding for HB 1774 was put directly into the budget – so 7 measures we worked on passed
  • 2 bills we didn’t support were not supported by the legislature

 

HB 1046 HD2 SD2 CD1 – COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1046_CD1_.pdf
Final reading in both House and Senate – Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 CD1– PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_CD1_.pdf
Final reading in both House and Senate – Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 

HB 2391 HD2 SD2 CD1 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS, PETTY MISDEMEANANTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2391_CD1_.HTM
Final reading in both House and Senate – Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 

SB 2630 HD1 CD1 – HAWAI `I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES SALES OF PRODUCTS TO PUBLIC
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2630_CD1_.pdf
Final reading in both House and Senate – Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 

SB 2392 SD2 HD3 CD1 – NALOXONE (OPIOID ANTAGONIST) 
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2392_CD1_.pdf
Final reading in both House and Senate – Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 

HB 1774 HD 1 SD2 – OUTREACH AND SUPPORT FOR HOMELESS YOUTH
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB1774_SD2 .pdf
This bill was deferred in conference because $1.1 million was put in the budget for homesless youth. This is really good! So even though the bill died, it is in the budget, which is way better! So it is a win! A win for all our youth and Kat is ecstatic for that!

 

Neither of the low income renter credit bills made it to conference. CAP co-signed a letter, along with Hawai`i Appleseed and other organizations asking for at HB 2166 to go to conference, however, it didn’t make it. The bills were:

HB 2166 HD1 SD2 – LOW INCOME RENTER CREDIT

SB 2833 SD2 HD2   LOW INCOME RENTER’S CREDIT

 

STATUS OF BILLS CAP DID NOT SUPPORT:

 SB 3034 SD1 HD2   CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT RE VICTIMS’ RIGHTS                       

HB 2388 HD3 SD2  NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES                     

SB 2916 SD1 HD1   JRI – WIGGLING OUT OF ACT 139  

 

The love for justice that is in us is not only the best part of our being but it is also the most true to our nature. -Cesar Chavez

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