CAP Action Alert: 3 More Bills Wed 3/15, Thurs 3/16 and Fri 3/17

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Chair
Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, Vice Chair
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
2:00 pm
Room 325

SB 718 SD1           COMMUNITY COURT OUTREACH PROJECT            JUD, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB718_SD1_.pdf
Establishes a community court outreach project in the City and County of Honolulu from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2020. Requires, under the project, the Judiciary to operate a mobile court that travels to community sites where defendants cited or arrested for nonviolent offenses live or congregate and disposes of the cases after plea agreements have been reached by the Honolulu prosecuting attorney and public defender. Appropriates general funds. TOKUDA, K. RHOADS, Kouchi

2.28.17 JDL/WAM PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (Blanked out $; inserted language that funding will be transferred to prosecutor and public defender within 30 days of enactment; “defected” the date to 1.7.59 to continue discussion; made technical amendments).

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • This program dovetails nicely with the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program
  • The current version of the bill allocates funds to the prosecutor and the public defender. We respectfully request that funds also be allocated to the service providers who are also a vital part of the program
  • This helps some of the most vulnerable people in our community clear up numerous fines and violations to avoid the “debt spiral”
  • The Community Court handled over 100 cases for 7 individuals in January and February.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL, AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY

Sen. Lorraine Inouye, Chair
Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, Vice Chair

Thursday, March 16, 2017
1:30 pm
Room 229

HB 463 HD1     STATE ID  CARD; SATELLITE CITY HALLS;             PSM/TRE, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB463_HD1_.pdf
Allows any satellite city hall in any county with a population of more than seven hundred thousand persons to issue Hawaii state identification cards. Requires a report to the legislature.  TAKAYAMA, DECOITE, HAR, JOHANSON, KEOHOKALOLE, KONG, TAKUMI, THIELEN

2.7.17 JUD PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. Changed effective date to 7.1.2050

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Lack of identification is the largest barrier to reentry
  • Despite the department saying they donʻt throw out identification; there are a plethora of stories that refute that assertion
  • Without identification, a person cannot cash a check, get a library card, register to vote, open up a bank account, cash a check, etc.
  • It can take anywhere from 1 month to a year for some folks to gather the documents needed for identification
  • It is shameful that Hawai`i releases people with no money and no identification and lends credence to the reports of correctional officers at the gate telling released folks, “See you next week”.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

HB 478 HD1     KULANI, WAIAWA AGRICULTURE OPERATION;  ($)   PSM/AEN, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB478_HD1_.pdf
Appropriates funds for a full-time agricultural management position and equipment for the Kulani correctional facility agriculture operation. ONISHI, CREAGAN, DECOITE, HAR, JOHANSON, KEOHOKALOLE, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, OHNO, OSHIRO, TAKAYAMA, TODD      AMENDMENTS: Add Waiawa, blank out money amount, defect date

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • This is a good program for the people at Kulani and it now includes Waiawa – working outside in fresh air is good for health
  • Growing food for the facility would result in cost savings and better nutrition for the people there
  • Learning how to farm is a needed skill as the state moves toward greater food sustainability
  • An agricultural manager will keep the programs on track and hopefully will provide reports to the legislature on their progress, needs, and improvements
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