CAPWATCH Action Alert for Jan. 30 to Feb. 8

ACTION ALERTThere are so many bills. The Senate is up and running with hearings and some of the bills are things that CAP wants to understand better before we step into the fray. We oftentimes sit in on the first committee hearings to gauge testimony without testifying.

Kat did this on Friday with SB 145 – the fitness to proceed bill. After hearing conflicting testimony from DOH and the Chief of Psychiatry at Queens, Kat thinks it is best for CAP to take no position on the bill and let the experts figure it out.

Here is what is on deck for Jan. 30 to Feb. 8  for hearings posted so far…

MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES
Sen. Josh Green, Chair
Sen. Stanley Chang, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON HOUSING
Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair

2:55 PM in Room 016

3 bills on homelessness and housing:

  1. SB 588 – Shelters & Storage –http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB588_.pdf
  2. SB 749 – 20% of Human Svcs Budget to housing and supportive svcs for houseless http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB749_.pdf
  3. SB 171 -$ to Dept. of Human Svcs. to continue Housing First services  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB171_.pdf

This is a really complex issue that many groups have been working on for a long time. We are gonna sit in and listen at the first hearing and see if there is need for our help and the best way to do that.

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017

COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, CONSUMER PROTECTION & HEALTH
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Chair
Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Vice Chair

9:00 AM in Room 229

SB 503 – HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR SEX ASSAULT SURVIVOR SERVICES  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB503_.pdf

CAP Supports

CAP supports health insurance coverage for case management services for people who have been through this traumatic experience. Our testimony is attached.

CAP Testimony in Support: 1-31-17-cph-testimony-on-sb-503

 

COMMITTEE ON OCEAN, MARINE RESOURCES & HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
Rep. Kaniela Ing, Chair
Rep. Cedric Asuega, Vice Chair

10:00 AM in Room 312

HB 84 – AG TO ADMINISTER STATEWIDE DATABASE OF HAWAIIANS IN CJ SYSTEM  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB84_.pdf

This is one of those bills that, on its face, one might think is good because it acknowledges the overrepresentation of Hawaiians in the criminal justice system and finally acknowledges the 2010 report “The Disparate Treatment of Native Hawaiians in the Criminal Justice System” and the 2012 report of the Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force (from which little to nothing has been done to implement the recommendations therein). It is about creating more government positions without actually doing anything about the overincarceration of Hawaiians in the criminal processing system.

In light of current times (especially today as Trump started his Muslim ban), the thought of a database of one particular group is kind of scary. The system already knows the Hawaiians in it. Why do we need a database?

Kat has emailed some contacts to get their take on it, but she thinks CAP will go to the hearing and listen to the testimony before weighing in. If anyone has any other information, please share it.

 

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair

1:15 PM in Room 229

SB 999 HPA DISCRETION IN ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS WHEN CONSIDERING EARLY DISCHARGES PARDONS  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB999_.pdf

On its face, this bill seems OK, however, since it is an administration bill, Kat has asked some atttorney friends to weigh in.  The bill says that if a person is on parole 5 years, they are entitled to a review. Problem it is administrative and not an in-person parole hearing. If the person is denied, they are entitled to an annual review thereafter.

There may be some traps, so CAP want to be sure before we weighs in. If Kat doesn’t hear back, she will probably go to the hearing to listen without testifying.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR
Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, Chair
Sen. Karl Rhoads, Vice Chair

9:00 AM IN ROOM 016

SB 417 INFORMAL ADJUSTMENTS FOR JUVENILE TRUANTS  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB417_.pdf

CAP Strong Support

Informal adjustments such as restorative justice are a better way than suspending students or levying some punitive sanction on a youth. Our testimony is attached.

CAP Testimony in Strong Support: 2-1-17-jdl-testimony-sb-417

 

COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, CONSUMER PROTECTION & HEALTH
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Chair
Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Vice Chair

9:00 AM IN ROOM 229

SB 305 VIDEO MONITORING OF DISPENSARY RETAINED FOR 45 DAYS  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB305_.pdf

Kat wants to hear from others before CAP weighs in on this one.

 SB 325 ALLOCATION OF REVENUES TO MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE FUND  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB325_.pdf

Interesting that medical cannabis is the only thing that people think about as a revenue enhancer for mental health and substance abuse fund (apparently established for this express purpose) when Oxycodone has proven to be a real problem in our community, according to the Department of Health.

CAP is probably going to sit this one out during the first hearing and see what happens.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2017

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY
Rep. Gregg Takayama, Chair
Rep. Matt LoPresti, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETEY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair

10:00 – 11:00 AM IN room 312

Info briefing on the progress of the OCCC replacement.

Interesting that it is only scheduled for 1 hour. Is this to protect the over-paid contractors who have been chilling the community voice!

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017

SB 613 – AGRICULTURAL PROGRAM AT KULANI  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB613_.pdf

CAP Strong Support

This is the start of a good program for the men at Kulani. In the past there was an agricultural program at Kulani. CAP supports this program as a way to have Kulani serve healthy food and to engage our men in growing food and general farming so that they can contribute to the stateʻs food sustainability initiative upon release. 

CAP Testimony in Strong Support: 2-8-17-psm-aen-2-8-17-testimony-sb-613

If any of these bills move you, please testify. If you have information CAP needs to make cogent, compelling testimony, please email KAT (kat.caphi@gmail.com) with your thoughts. Mahalo nui!

YOUR VOICE MATTERS & WE HONOR IT AND YOU!

 

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