|The following Social Justice Action Committee bills have made it through second crossover. Click on a link to send a message of support.
- SB192 SD1 HD2 authorizes unsecured bail for nonviolent and indigent arestees and implements some of the pretrial taskforce recommnedations, which would alleviate some of the overcrowding in our county jails caused by mass incraceration of nonviolent offenders. It’s a small step toward badly needed criminal justice reform, but one well-worth supporting. Send email.
- HB1383 HD2 SD1 would decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis (3 grams or less) and allows for expunchment of criminal records for those convicted of posession of 3 grams or less. The bill would also create a taskforce to make recommendations on changing marijuana use penalties and outcomes. This is a baby step toward genuine drug policy reform. This may be our last chance to ask for a stronger bill. The decriminalized amount should be at least as large as the amount allowed under medical marijuana laws, which is 4 ounces. Send email.
- HB285 HD1 SD2 would eliminate the exemption county police officers currently enjoy that hides records of their misconduct from the public. This is a police transparency and accountability measure that, in light of an already especially deadly year in law-enforcement, to say nothing of documented instances in which the public’s need to know would have prevented further tragedies from occuring, is badly needed. Send email.
- SB1025 SD1 HD2 would expand the Kupuna Caregivers program, a badly needed system of support for caregivers who, often, are working multiple jobs themselves while caring for aging loved ones. As Hawaiʻi’s population continues to skew toward the older end of the spectrum, this support will become increasingly important. Send email.
- SB471 SD2 HD1, HB1312 HD1 SD1, SB567 SD2 HD2 and SB1124 SD2 HD1, together, form a homelessness services package being supported by Partners In Care and Bridging the Gap. The bills will provide wrap-around homelessness services, an investment in housing first and affordable housing subsidies, and provide mental health services (the final two), respectively. Send email.