CAPWatch Conference Update – Day 4

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
HB 1501 HD2  SD1     DRUG PARAPHERNALIA; POSSESSION AND DELIVERY;CIVIL VIOLATIONS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1501_HD2_.pdf

The House and Senate agreed on language although the House version had a fine of $100 for the violation and the Senate had “up to $500” for the violation. The effective date was changed to “upon approval”. The House agreed to the Senate version and the bill passed.This bill will now go to the floor for a final vote before it is sent to the Governor. 

JUVENILE JUSTICE
HB 844 HD1 SD1       SAFE PLACES FOR YOUTH PILOT PGM; AT-RISK YOUTH; COORDINATOR; ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB844_HD1_.pdf

The Senate had proposed adding the language from HB 1466 about a Youth Commission into this measure. The House did not agree saying the bill (HB 1466) needed work so they could not agree to insert that language, however, Chair Morikawa of the House Human Services Committee said that she will work on a Youth Commission bill and introduce next session. This bill has an appropriation, so we will see if there is clearance from the money committees.

CONFERENCE RECONVENES TODAY TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH at 9:05 AM

LEAD
HB 1195 HD1  SD1    HOMELESSNESS; APPROPRIATIONS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1195_SD1_.pdf

Tentative GOOD NEWS! I sat in on the budget conference yesterday and the LEAD appropriation ($200,000) to get the pilot project up and running was put back into the budget! Now it has to pass the final floor vote before it goes to the Governor.  Warning: I have been doing this work for 20 years and I caution myself and all of us to understand that in the last few days of session, anything can happen. I am, however, cautiously optimistic that the legislature sees the value of LEAD for Hawai`i. 

CRIMINAL TRESPASS
SB 895 SD1 HD2       CRIMINAL TRESPASS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB895_HD2_.pdf

This bill that CAP has been opposing passed yesterday with the House and Senate agreeing on the following amendments: In Section 2, the signs shall be appropriately spaced; in Section 4, language added to say that no convictions shall be a felony or under the habitual property offender statute; and the effective date was changed to “upon approval”.

NOTES FROM THE BUDGET CONFERENCE

LEAD – $800,000 to Dept. of Healthʻs Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) for mental health and substance misuse outreach – $200,000 of this is for the LEAD pilot program

COMMUNITY COURT OUTREACH – Funding to continue this program was put into the budget and will go to the Public Defenderʻs office to be shared with the Prosecutor and the Judiciary.

DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Money for malpractice insurance for doctors in the medical division
  • Lease/rent money for the Narcotics Enforcement Division
  • Money for psychological testing of deputy sheriffs
  • $1.5 million for lease/rent money for the department to move

 HOUSING

  • $3 million for Housing First
  • $1.5 million for homeless housing
  • $250,000 for legal services (ids, jobs, etc.)

JUVENILE JUSTICE – $240,000 appropriation to the Office of Youth Services (donʻt know if this includes $ for HB 844 – will find out today)

KAHO`OLAWE ISLAND RESERVE COMMISSION (KIRC)

  • $1,675,000 for 2018
  • $1,947,000 for 2019

MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM – DOH – Staffing up the program for the opening of dispensaries.

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