CAPWATCH Status Update 5.3.16

CAPWATCHCAPWATCH STATUS UPDATE

May 3, 2016

 

From Kat:

We are almost home. All 5 of our bills up for final reading today PASSED! I am so happy that wrongfully imprisoned people will be compensated for the harms caused by the state. Itʻs a long-time coming, and I am so happy that the state stepped up to admit their wrongdoing.

 TOGETHER WE STOPPED THE OCCC BILL so we have time to push for more effective alternatives to incarceration and better, more effective ways of addressing wrongdoing in our communities. The legislature was suspect of the over-priced public project and thatʻs good. MCCC got a load of money – $200 million I think. MCCC is a mess and way over-crowded, but again, should we be building jails and prisons for people struggling with mental illness, illiteracy, substance abuse, unemployment and poverty or should we be finding better solutions to assist our struggling community members and lift people out of poverty?

The next deadlines are: 1) The Governor has 45 days from the end of session (May 5th) to sign, veto or let a bill become law without his signature, 2) Governor has until the end of June to let the legislature know that he intends to veto bills, at which time the legislature can decide to convene a veto session or not.

CAP did quite well this session, getting 7 pieces of legislation passed – actually 6 bills – 5 passed today, SB 2916 that was signed into law on 4.29.16 as Act 34, and $1.1 million in the budget for houseless youth as requested in HB 1774. And it is the community voice that really makes the difference. Mahalo piha (completely) to those who sent in support for bills.  

MAHALO NUI!   YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

 

HB 1046 HD2 SD2 CD1 – COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1046_CD1_.pdf

COMMITTEE REPORT:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/HB1046_CD1_CCR146-16_.htm

5.3.16 – Final reading in both House and Senate

House:  PASSED – UNANIMOUS

Senate: PASSED – UNANIMOUS

This bill was on both the House and Senate “Consent” calendars, which means that the caucuses had already decided to pass this bill so there was no floor discussion – it just passed automatically.

 

HB 2391 HD2 SD2 CD1 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS, PETTY MISDEMEANANTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2391_CD1_.HTM

COMMITTEE REPORT:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/HB2391_CD1_CCR70-16_.pdf

5.3.16 – Final reading in both House and Senate

House: PASSED – 33-118 (1 aye w/reservations: McKelvey; 18 Noes:  Aquino, Cullen, DeCoite, Fukumoto Chang, Har, Johanson, Kawakami, Kong, Matsumoto, McDermott, Ohno, Oshiro, Pouha, Thielen, Tokioka, Tupola, Ward, Yamane )

Ward called this bill the freedom for shoplifters bill. There was some discussion but it was by people who obviously didnʻt read the bill. There has always been opposition and there always will be since the prosecutors routinely convince legislators that, if passed,  Charles Manson will be roaming our streets. CRIME IS AT THE LOWEST RATE IN DECADES. We have lots of education to do at the legislature and in the community about who we incarcerate and why.

Senate: PASSED – 19 – 6 ( Chun Oakland, Harimoto, Kim, Riviere, Slom, L. Thielen)

Missed the discussion, if any, in the Senate.

 

HB 2561 HD1 SD1 CD1– PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL   –  ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB2561_CD1_.pdf

COMMITTEE REPORT:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/HB2561_CD1_CCR138-16_.pdf

5.3.16 – Final reading in both House and Senate

House: PASSED – 41-82(excused) ( Aye w/reservations: Fukumoto-Chang, Johanson, McKelvey, Pouha, San Buenaventura, Thielen; Noes: Aquino, Cullen, Har, Kawakami, McDermott, Tupola, Ward, Yamane

Tupola spoke first saying that although she supported many things in the bill, the increase in the felony theft threshold is her opposition. That started a chorus of ʻme toosʻ. Interesting that lots of folks on the Penal Code Review were either current or former prosecutors who are now judges and they supported the increase because of what they see in court. So interesting.

Senate: PASSED – UNANIMOUS

This bill was on the Senate “Consent” calendar, which means that the caucus had already decided to pass this bill so there was no floor discussion – it just passed automatically.

 

SB 2392 SD2 HD3 CD1 – NALOXONE (OPIOID ANTAGONIST)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2392_CD1_.pdf

COMMITTEE REPORT:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/SB2392_CD1_CCR34-16_.pdf

5.3.16 – Final reading in both House and Senate

House:  PASSED – UNANIMOUS

Senate: PASSED – UNANIMOUS

This bill was on the Senate “Consent” calendar, which means that the caucus had already decided to pass this bill so there was no floor discussion – it just passed automatically.

 

SB 2630 HD1 CD1 – HAWAI `I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES SALES OF PRODUCTS TO PUBLIC
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2630_CD1_.pdf

COMMITTEE REPORT:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/SB2630_CD1_CCR41-16_.pdfFinal

5.3.16 – Final reading in both House and Senate

House:  PASSED – UNANIMOUS

Senate: PASSED – UNANIMOUS

This bill was on both the House and Senate “Consent” calendars, which means that the caucuses had already decided to pass this bill so there was no floor discussion – it just passed automatically.

 

SB 2916 SD1 HD1 JRI – WIGGLING OUT OF ACT 139  – Signed into law 4.29.16 – ACT 34
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2916_HD1_.pdf

COMMITTEE REPORT:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/CommReports/SB2916_HD1_HSCR1690-16_.pdf

4.14.16 SENATE AGREED TO HOUSE AMENDMENTS

4.15.16 PASSED FINAL READING IN SENATE – 20-0 (5 excused)

 

Economist Robert Reich has reminded us that real change can only transpire when people come together and demand it, and that there is true power in collective action.

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