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Legislative Preview: This Week's Bills on the Move
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 4317 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Your Testimony is Needed!

From Honolulu Republican Party, March 3, 2019

Our voice and opinions are powerful. Our legislators were elected to represent our concerns. It is up to us to voice concerns and to make our voice heard. If we take the time to convey our thoughts to our elected officials and follow up with them, our message will have great impact, but we all must get involved.  
Click on the bill number to see the details.

LEGISLATIVE WEEK 7

Monday March 5, 2019 thru Friday March 7, 2019
Crossover is the deadline for bills to pass third reading in order to move (or “crossover”) to the other chamber. If successful, House bills are sent to the Senate and Senate bills are sent to the House for further consideration. This week the Legislators in both chambers will be conducting floor votes on the remaining bills that have not passed THIRD reading to be able to crossover to the other chamber.
This is your last opportunity to persuade your legislator to OPPOSE or SUPPORT a bill with their vote on the chamber floor before it crosses over.

HB712
RELATING TO ELECTIONS. Requires certain executive branch candidates to disclose their federal income tax returns in order for their names to appear on an election ballot. Prohibits electors for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States to vote for candidates who have not disclosed their federal income tax returns. OPPOSE

HB1217
RELATING TO VOTER REGISTRATION. Makes completion of a voter registration application affidavit a mandatory part of all driver's license and identification card applications. Automatically registers each applicant for voting. Requires sharing of information among the counties, Department of Transportation, and election personnel. OPPOSE

HB1315
PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE IX, SECTION 5, OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII. Proposes an amendment to article IX, section 5, of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii, to require the State to assure that each resident of the State has access to housing, subject to standards and criteria to be provided by the legislature. OPPOSE

SB94
RELATING TO ELECTIONS. Requires candidates for president and vice president of the United States to post their most recent income tax return on the Internet at least sixty days prior to and continuing through the date of the general election for free access by the public in order to be included on the state ballot, subject to certain conditions. Prohibits electors from voting for a candidate for president or vice president of the United States unless the candidates have posted their most recent income tax return on the Internet at least sixty days prior to and continuing through the date of the general election for free access by the public, subject to certain conditions. OPPOSE

SB383
RELATING TO YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION. Requires the Board of Education to establish and implement youth suicide awareness and prevention training programs and risk referral protocols in public schools, including charter schools. SUPPORT

SB412
RELATING TO VOTING. Requires that any person who is eligible to vote and applies for a new or renewal motor vehicle driver's license, provisional license, or instruction permit, or a new, renewal, or duplicate identification card be automatically registered to vote if that person is not already registered to vote unless the applicant affirmatively declines to be registered to vote. Authorizes access to and electronic transmission of databases maintained or operated by the counties or the department of transportation containing driver's license or identification card information to election officials and the statewide voter registration system. Effective 1/1/2020. OPPOSE

SB427 SD1
RELATING TO RANKED CHOICE VOTING. Establishes ranked choice voting for special federal elections and special elections of vacant county council seats. (SD1) OPPOSE

SB483
RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS. Authorizes the use of private lands for the ohana zones pilot program. Extends sunset dates of the Emergency Department Homelessness Assessment and Medical Respite pilot programs of the Department of Human Services to 6/30/2020. Requires reports to the Legislature. OPPOSE

SB557
RELATING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. Prohibits state and county law enforcement agencies from complying with federal immigration detainers or honoring requests for non-public information unless specifically required to do so by a warrant signed by a judge or provisions of federal, state, or local law. OPPOSE

SB600
RELATING TO FIREARMS. Provides that no person less than 21 years of age shall bring any firearm into the State. OPPOSE

SB686
RELATING TO MARIJUANA. Legalizes the personal use, possession, and sale of marijuana in a specified quantity. Requires licensing to operate marijuana establishments. Subjects marijuana establishments to excise taxes and income taxes. OPPOSE

SB789
RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE. Increases the minimum wage to $12.00 per hour beginning 1/1/2022. OPPOSE

SB1131
RELATING TO OHANA ZONES. Increases the number of ohana zone sites on Oahu from three to six. Appropriates funds to the Department of Human Services for the ohana zones pilot program. OPPOSE

SB1463
RELATING TO TAXATION. Replaces the environmental response, energy, and food security tax with a carbon emissions tax. Repeals state fuel taxes under the fuel tax law. OPPOSE

SB1466
RELATING TO GUN VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDERS. Establishes a process by which a law enforcement officer or family or household member may obtain a court order to prevent a person from accessing firearms and ammunition when the person poses a danger of causing bodily injury to oneself or another. OPPOSE

SB1503
RELATING TO VOTING. Allows incarcerated persons who were Hawaii residents immediately prior to incarceration to vote in Hawaii elections by absentee ballot. OPPOSE

SPREADSHEET: 2019 Legislative Session

Bills highlighted RED are essentially done for this session, subject to GUT & REPLACE; and bills highlighted in GREEN will cross over to the other chamber.

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