Marijuana Dispensaries, Birth Certificate, Safe Places & Sex Ed Bills up for hearing this week!
From Hawaii Family Advocates March 16, 2015
Our legislators are wasting no time! The problematic bills we have been tracking are already scheduled for hearings this week.
The first thing you need to do is make sure you are registered on the www.capitol.hawaii.gov site so you can submit testimony on the following bills. (If you are already registered, you can log in here). The second thing we are providing to you, is the ability to send a personal message to your own legislator (if you have a Senator or Representative that is on the committee(s) that will be hearing the bill). Both links are included below.
These are the bills being heard this week:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015
HB 459 HD2 Relating to Health (Sex Education Bill)
Being heard by the joint Senate Education and Senate Health Committee(s) on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ 1:15 p.m. in room #229
Specifies additional elements in Hawaii's existing sexuality health education law, including additional criteria regarding implementation of sexuality health education instruction. Requires the Department of Education to provide certain types of information to the public and parents. (HB459 HD2)
Submit testimony online by Tuesday, March 17, 2015 @ 1:15 p.m. | Send an email to your Senator (on the Education and/or Health Committee(s)
HB 631 HD2 Relating to Certificates of Birth
Being heard by the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ 1:30 p.m. in room #414
Establishes the documentation required when requesting the Department of Health to issue a new birth certificate with a sex designation change. (HB631 HD2)
Submit testimony online BEFORE Tuesday, March 17th @ 1:30 p.m. | Send an email to your Senator (on the Senate Health Committee)
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
SB 979 SD2 Relating to Youth (Safe Places)
Being heard by the House Committee on Human Services on Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m. in room 329
Requires the office of youth services to coordinate a safe places for youth pilot program until 6/30/2021 to establish a network of safe places where youth in crisis can access safety and services. Establishes the position of safe places for youth program coordinator. Allows youth in crisis who are at least 14 but under 18 years of age to consent to services in the safe places program under certain circumstances. Makes an appropriation. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD2)
Submit testimony online BEFORE Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m. | Send an email to your House Member on the Human Services Committee
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
HB 321 HD1 Relating to Medical Marijuana (Dispensaries)
Being heard by a joint Senate Committee of Health and Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs on Friday, March 20, 2015 @ 2:00 p.m.in room 414
Establishes a system of medical marijuana dispensaries and production centers. Prohibits counties from enacting zoning regulations that discriminate against licensed dispensaries and production centers. Clarifies the right of qualifying patients and primary caregivers to transport medical marijuana. Appropriates funds. (HD1)
Submit testimony online BEFORE Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 2:00 p.m. | Send an email to your Senator on the Senate Health and/or Senate PSM Committee