2019 Legislative Wrap Up
LGBT Caucus Bill Update
The LGBT Caucus had a very good legislative session! In fact the 2019 Legislative Session we saw the most LGBTQIA specific bills passed in any single session. Mahalo to everyone that submitted testimony and/or reached out to your elected officials.
We were able to help pass the following bills (bold are LGBTQIA specific legislation) and they are now on the Governor’s Desk for him to sign into law (hopefully):
HB 330 – Suicide intervention & prevention for Hawaii’s public schools
HB 483 – Title IX Study to ensure that the DOE is not violating it
HB 664 – Clarified the language in law that banned Conversion Therapy for minors
HB 711 – Banned “Gay panic” & “Trans panic” as affirmative defenses
HB 820 – Address the shortage of affordable housing
HB 1165 – Expanded gender markers for Drivers licenses & State IDs
HB 1383 – Marijuana decriminalization
SB 192 – Allows the court to release a defendant in custody on unsecured bail
SB 301 – Taxation on REITs
SB 383 – DOE to establish mandatory youth suicide awareness & prevention
SB 1039 – Allows a person convicted of certain prostitution offenses to file a motion to vacate.
Passed and already signed into law:
Act 11 (SB 558) – Parties to a marriage or civil union to choose any middle or last name to use upon the marriage or civil union.
HCR 56 – DOE to establish training to prevent, ID, report & mitigate all forms fo child abuse
SR 4 – Calling upon the AG to investigate the catholic church into the allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
SCR 12 – Asks members of Congress to amend Federal law to ensure that survivors of sexual harassment & sexual assault are not forced into arbitration.
4th Anniversary of Marriage EqualityWe hope that you and your guests will join us for another fun celebration. Even if you cannot make it yourself buy a ticket or sponsorship as a gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and/or graduation knowing this is the gift that keeps on giving!
We want to make this event bigger and better; raising more money than ever. We are asking for donations for themed baskets for the silent auction.
We have five suggested themes:
Movie Night (tickets, popcorn, movie candy)
Wine Tasting (assorted wines, nuts and cheese)
Car Wash Kit (soap, wax, bucket, shammy)
Home Spa (gift cards, lotions, bubble bath, candles)
Beer and Chips (assorted beers and bar snacks)
We will be collecting donations at the Democratic Party of Hawaii Headquarters through Wednesday, May 29 (open M-F 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). We will be happy to arrange for pick up if that works better for you.
We hope that you and your guests will join us for another fun celebration. Even if you cannot make it yourself buy a ticket or sponsorship as a gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and/or graduation knowing this is the gift that keeps on giving!
May LGBT Caucus Meeting
Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 AM @ DPH HQ
If you can’t make it in person we have teleconference & video-conference available:
Teleconference: Dial-in Number: (712) 451-0200; 938390 (Access code)
Video conference: Online Meeting Link: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/dph2018
Online Meeting ID: dph2018
Be The ChangeIf you missed Be The Change: Becoming a Foster Parent
you can watch the video by clicking here.
As the LGBT Caucus has shown since 2013 (i.e. passing the transgender birth certificate law, banning conversion therapy & our 2019 Legislative Bills we will be supporting) we all still so have so much more left to do to ensure justice and equality is a reality for everyone. So we hope that you will think about making a donation to the LGBT Caucus so that we have the resources for the battles ahead.
Mahalo nui loa!
Michael Golojuch, Jr. (He/Him)
LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i