Upcoming Legislative Deadlines
From Hawaii Family Forum, March 17, 2017
MAR 16 TRIPLE REFERRAL FILING (BILLS) - All bills referred to three or more committees must be in their second-to-last committee in the non-originating chamber by this date. (Note: A referral to a joint committee counts as one committee referral.) This deadline allows ample time for successful bills to make their way to their last committee by the Second Lateral deadline.
MAR 24 SECOND LATERAL (BILLS) - All bills with multiple referrals must move to their final referral committee in the non-originating chamber by this date.
APR 6 FIRST CROSSOVER FOR CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS - Deadline for passing the single floor vote for adoption required for resolutions in order to move from the originating chamber to the other chamber.
Bully Bill Alive & Kicking
SB 501 SD1 just got more complicated. This bill, which forces faith-based pregnancy centers to post information about Planned Parenthood and other contraceptive services, was "re-referred" to only two committees (after having been assigned three). A hearing was held on Thursday, March 16, and the committee deferred decision making until 03-21-17 at 10:15AM in conference room 329. The women of the pregnancy centers continue to stand firm and we must pray for them. This battle is far from over and no matter the outcome, we will continue to fight for our religious freedom.
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What's Coming Up?
Assisted Suicide Bill (SB 1129) Still Pending House Health Assignment
As of this writing, we are still awaiting the hearing notice on the House Health Committee. We are asking everyone to stay vigilant and be ready to submit testimony. We will send out a call to action once we have the information.
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From Around the Nation
USCCB Releases Updated Document on Assisted Suicide "Safeguards"
Oregon's law allowing doctors to prescribe lethal overdoses for some patients' suicides was first approved in 1994; after a court challenge it took legal effect late in 1997. Supporters later modeled Washington's 2008 law on Oregon's law, saying that its safeguards are operating well and have prevented abuse. In fact the data suggest that the "safeguards" are largely meaningless, and the death toll in both states has greatly increased over the years.
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