Equality Act (Re) Introduced – LGBT Caucus Meeting 2-20 @ 10 AM

Supportive Testimony Needed
Caucus February Meeting Tomorrow
Caucus Name Change Survey
Training to Submit Testimony

Yesterday in Congress the Equality Act was re-introduced by Congressman David Cicilline and the entire Congressional Equality Caucus. The Equality Act when passed would amend existing civil rights laws, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act, to explicitly ban LGBTQIA+ discrimination in the workforce, housing, education, credit, jury service and other areas of American life. President Biden urged Congress to quickly pass this historic piece of legislation. A similar bill was passed by the House last session but died in the Senate.

Supportive Testimony for these Bills

SB 676– Increases the minimum wage for certain employees to $12.00 per hour beginning 7/1/2022.
Hearing Date: Monday, 02-22-21 10:30 AM
Deadline to submit: Sunday, 02-21-21 10:30 AM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

SB 1155 – Authorizes issuance of licenses to solemnize marriages for persons of a secular or non-religious organization.
Hearing Date: Wednesday, 02-24-21 9:15 AM
Deadline to submit: Tuesday, 02-23-21 9:15 AM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

HB1308 – Requires publicly held domestic corporations to have a gender-diverse board of directors. Establishes reporting requirements for the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and penalties.
NOTE: On this bill the LGBT Caucus will be asking for amendments to address gender diversity.
Hearing Date
: Wednesday, 02-24-21 9:45 AM
Deadline to submit: Tuesday, 02-23-21 9:45 AM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

LGBT Caucus Bill Tracking Report
This report is updated regularly even if an email is not sent out.

LGBT Caucus February Meeting

TOMORROW – Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 AM is our regular meeting and we will going over the current status of the LGBT Caucus bills and others that we are supporting and then begin the discussion of the name change (see survey below). 

LGBT Caucus Agenda
A. Introductions
B. Additions to the Agenda
C. 2021 Legislative Update
D. Name Change Project for the Caucus
E. By-Law Revisions
F. Announcements

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Caucus Name Change Survey

With the 2020 elections behind us we are going to take back up the name change project for the LGBT Caucus. Like we have discussed at the meetings the purpose for the name change to be more inclusive of our very diverse community.

To help with this process we have created a survey for everyone that is interested in having a say in this process to fill out. Click here to fill out the survey.

The results to the survey and process will be discussed at the February 20th meeting with the goal of having a vote on the name change by the April 2021 meeting is not sooner. 

Training to Submit TestimonyMake sure you are ready for the 2021 session watch this training on how to support these priorities from ideas into laws.


Click here to watch training.Click here for the Training Agenda with links
Be on the lookout for emails as our priorities and any other bills that the LGBT Caucus supports or oppose get hearings. Here is to a successful legislative session!
Mahalo nui loa!
Michael Golojuch, Jr. (He/Him/His)
Chair
LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i

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LGBT Caucus 2021 Legislative Priorities

  • Getting the State to fund/secure Homeless Youth Shelters across the State (homeless unaccompanied minors) HB 282
  • Expanding gender markers on birth certificates: SB 281 & HB 1231
  • Removal of statute of limitations for survivors of sexual abuse as children SB 163SB 833 & HB 570 – Criminal Charges SB 381
  • Allowing minors to access health care for HIV & PrEP without parental consent SB 25 & 
    HB 478

No bills were introduced for these 2 priorities due to the historic economic depression that the State is facing due to the COVID pandemic.

  • Health centers for the neighbor islands that include mental health services with access for LGBTQIA+ (youth & adult)
  • Establish the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of the LGBTQ+ Community