*** CAPWATCH UPDATE AND ALERT *** CAPWATCH UPDATE AND ALERT *** 1st LATERAL REPORT Friday, February 16th was 1st Lateral, which means that bills have to be on their way to their last committee (generally WAM, FIN or JDC , JUD) and we are about ¼ of the way through the session. We have some good bills alive and here is where we narrow our...

As you know, life has been kinda hectic as deadlines at the legislature are looming, CAP needs help getting our last hearings on 4 very important bills – all Senate bills. We need lots of support so they can get to their final committees and cross over to the House, where we will have to work extra hard to get...

I know that I may have been overwhelming you with bills at the legislature, but please know that I send this out because this list is big and folks have different interests. I like you to see the bills the legislature is considering so you get a sense of where they are.  Pick the bills that resonate with you and write...

BILLS FOR WEDNESDAY 2.7; THURSDAY 2.8; and FRIDAY 2.9 Sorry for the late notice on tomorrow’s bills – I’m at hearings and then back on the computer downloading notices and sending in testimony when it is too late to let know what’s happening. The first part of the session is crazy – stuff popping up in so many different committees – many...

I received this URGENT appeal to help Ashley Grayʻs `ohana cover the costs for her funeral. The address of the Mortuary is below and donations need to be received by the day after tomorrow (Wednesday). This is so incredibly sad and senseless. Mahalo nui. Ashely Leidean Grey was a lovely 30-year old woman who was a bright and engaged student in a mediation &...

Attached are CAP testimonies for the three bills we are supporting in the Senate Human Services Committee hearings Monday, February 5th at 2:45 and 3:45. If can, it would be great to have lots of testimony in support of these bills.*****             Also, here is a great letter to the editor that was in today’s Honolulu Star Advertiser: Discriminatory jail system needs fixing Honolulu Star-Advertiser   3...

        This was the week when our bills got rolling. I want to apologize for not alerting you about hearings; they came up so fast that I didn’t have the time to do more than the analysis I sent out.  I still had to research and write CAP’s testimony and submit it in time. From Tuesday through Thursday, CAP testified on 20...

BILLS FOR TUESDAY, 2.13; and WEDNESDAY 2.14 Quick update on bills from last week follows…   TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY Go to: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/home.aspx  Select “sign in” Register or enter log in information. ·         In the left/center of the page, note an orange circle titled “Submit Testimony” Select that. ·         Enter bill #.  The screen changes to ask questions. Enter your choices (support, testify yes/no, attachment- choose file.) ·         You can enter testifying...

Here is COMMUNITY ALLIANCE ON PRISONS (CAP) testimony for the 7 PBS bills scheduled for tomorrow.  HB1993  HB1996   HB2387  HB2388   HB2454  HB1719   HB2221. In addition, here a link on the Hawaii Public Radio story on the ACLU's Bail Report.  Mahalo to all of you who have submitted written and oral testimony. Remember, it's an election year!   Many legislators are playing it "safe" and...