Legislative Week in Review
Weekly Recap from Hawaii Family Forum, January 26, 2018
Legislative Deadlines Passed
JANUARY 22, 2018 WAS THE LAST DAY TO INTRODUCE ADMINISTRATION BILL PACKAGE - This is what is known as the "Governor's Package." The bills are prepared by executive branch agencies for consideration by the legislature, and are introduced on behalf of the executive branch by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. View the package of legislation by clicking here.
JANUARY 24, 2018 WAS THE LAST DAY TO INTRODUCE BILLS - A bill is "introduced" when it has been filed with the House or Senate Clerk, who gives it a number (with an HB or SB prefix) and then puts it on the calendar for First Reading by the chamber. After First Reading, it is given its committee referrals which specify which committees must hear and pass the measure for it to succeed. Only legislators may introduce bills. [Note: At introduction, each bill is given a "Bill Status" webpage that can be accessed via the Legislature's website and used to track all the measure's activity.]
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Upcoming Legislative Calendar
FEBRUARY 8, 2018:
TRIPLE REFERRAL FILING (BILLS) - All bills referred to three or more committees must be filed so that they can be in their second-to-last committee by the following day. (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 the last committee in their originating chamber by the First Lateral deadline.
FEBRUARY 16, 2018
FIRST LATERAL (BILLS) - All bills referred to more than one committee (i.e., those with multiple referrals) must move to their final committee in the originating chamber by this day.
Suicide Prevention Month Bill Clears First Committee!
January 24, 2018
The newly reconfigured House Health & Human Services Committee received overwhelming testimony in support of reducing suicides in Hawai'i by 25% by establishing September as SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH (HB 1703) . Hawaii Family Forum, along with other pro-life organizations testified in strong support. We hope that this legislature will focus on REDUCING suicides in Hawai'i, as this bill will try to accomplish, and not try to promote suicides by attempting to pass any assisted suicide legislation. We thank the legislators for hearing and passing this bill out of committee.
The bill passed in committee and is now headed to the House Finance Committee.
The committees on HHS recommend that the measure be PASSED, UNAMENDED. The votes were as follows: 4 Ayes: Representative(s) Mizuno, Kobayashi, Learmont, Tupola; Ayes with reservations: none; Noes: none; and 1 Excused: Representative(s) Belatti.
What's Coming Up?
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Weekly Triple "F" Podcast
Interview with Kelly Rosati: Part 1 of 2
Did you miss the two podcasts with Dr. Francis Oda, the first Board Chairman of Hawaii Family Forum? You can listen to part one and two here.