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Caucus March Recap
Testimony Needed

As you know we are in the process of changing the Caucus’s name to be more inclusive and to complete this process we will need to edit our By-Laws so we are using this opportunity to update Article Two – Statement of Purpose. Click here to review the suggested amendments that we have received to date.  Please email me any other changes that you would like to see for Article Two.

At our April 17th meeting the suggested changes will be officially presented and we will discuss them. The Final vote for the Name Change and the By-Laws Change will take place at our May 15th meeting.

If you have not already done so please complete the Name Change Survey – click here to fill out the survey. Feel free to share the survey with other members of the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies.

As we talked about at the meeting please do not just rely on the LGBT Caucus for submitting testimony for the bills that we are supporting or opposing. If you need a refresher there is the “How To Submit Testimony” training at the end of this email.

Testimony NEEDED for these Bills/Resos

HB 1286 – OPPOSE Exempts any person from the post-arrival mandatory selfquarantine if the person receives a negative test result prior to arrival. Allows the governor to establish statewide conditions for exemption. Requires certain COVID-19 tests for travelers who do not have a test result upon arrival to avoid mandatory self-quarantine. Requires any person who does not obtain a negative test result for COVID-19 pre-arrival to be responsible for all costs associated with that person’s mandatory self-quarantine. Prohibits the suspension of this Act except by legislative approval via a concurrent resolution.
The LGBT Caucus opposes this bill as it takes away the county’s right to home rule.
Hearing Date: Monday, 03-22-21 3:00 PM
Deadline to submit: Sunday, 03-21-21 3:00 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

SCR 164/SR129 – SUPPORT URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT JOSEPH R. BIDEN TO ENACT THE PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE ACT.
Hearing Date: Monday, 03-22-21 3:05 PM
Deadline to submit: Sunday, 03-21-21 3:05 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

HCR 162 – SUPPORT REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, VIA THE BEHAVIORAL RISK FACTOR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, VIA THE YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AND GENDER IDENTITY AND GENDER EXPRESSION OF RESPONDENTS.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 03-23-21 9:00 AM
Deadline to submit: Monday, 03-22-21 9:00 AM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

SB 939 – SUPPORT Establishes June 19 of each year as Juneteenth Day.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 03-23-21 2:00 PM
Deadline to submit: Monday, 03-22-21 2:00 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

SCR 27 – SUPPORT REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, IN COORDINATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, TO COLLECT DATA ON LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUEER OR QUESTIONING, PANSEXUAL, ASEXUAL, GENDER NON-CONFORMING, AND INTERSEX YOUTHWHO ARE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE COURTS AND THE HAWAII YOUTH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 03-23-21 3:10 PM
Deadline to submit: Monday, 03-22-21 3:10 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

SCR 218/SR 178 – SUPPORT URGING THE GOVERNOR’S COORDINATOR ON HOMELESSNESS TO INCLUDE A REPRESENTATIVE FROM A LGBTQ+FOCUSED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE HAWAII INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON HOMELESSNESS TO ADDRESS THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF LGBTQ+ YOUTH ACROSS THE STATE.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 03-23-21 3:10 PM
Deadline to submit: Monday, 03-22-21 3:10 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

SCR 161 – SUPPORT SUPPORTING AND URGING THE INCLUSION OF GENDER TRANSITION TREATMENTS AND SERVICES AS MEDICALLY NECESSARY FOR THE PURPOSES OF HEALTH CARE INSURANCE COVERAGE.
We will be requesting the insertion of the “sunrise audit” required by State law to achieve the goal of this resolution.
Hearing Date: Thursday, 03-25-21 9:30 AM
Deadline to submit: Wednesday, 03-24-21 9:30 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.

Mahalo nui loa!

Michael Golojuch, Jr. (He/Him/His)
Chair
LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i

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Training to Submit Testimony

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

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