Kung Hei Fat Choy!

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

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

MAHALO to everyone that has submitted testimony in support of the LGBT Caucus priority bills and other bills that we are supporting.

Next week looks like a busy week and we need your help to move the following bills along. There is the link to the recording of the training on how to submit testimony at the bottom of this email.

Supportive Testimony for these Bills

HB 282 (LGBT Caucus Priority Bill) – Expands the circumstances where a minor may consent to no cost emergency shelter and related services to include cases where the provider is coordinating with child welfare services.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 02-16-21 11:00 AM
Deadline to submit: Monday, 02-15-21 11:00 AM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

SB 758 – Increases from 3 grams to 1 ounce: (1) the minimum amount of marijuana that a defendant must possess to be charged with a petty misdemeanor; and (2) the maximum amount of marijuana that a defendant convicted of possessing marijuana could have possessed without being disqualified from the subsequent expungement of the record of that conviction.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 02-16-21 1:00 PM
Deadline to submit: Monday, 02-15-21 1:00 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

HB 285 – Requires the auditor to conduct an impact assessment report on the social and financial impacts of prohibiting health insurance companies from denying coverage for certain types of health care on the basis of gender identity if the policy, contract, plan, or agreement covers those treatments for purposes other than gender transition.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 02-16-21 2:00 PM
Deadline to submit: Monday, 02-15-21 2:00 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

HB1308 – Establishes June 19 of each year as Juneteenth Day.
Hearing Date: Wednesday, 02-17-21 10:00 AM
Deadline to submit: Tuesday, 02-16-21 10:00 AM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

HB 576 – Authorizes licensed physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to perform aspiration abortions.
Hearing Date: Wednesday, 02-17-21 2:00 PM
Deadline to submit: Tuesday, 02-16-21 2:00 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

SB 695 – Reestablishes Lā Kū‘oko‘a, Hawaiian Recognition Day, as an official state holiday. Repeals election day as an official state holiday. (The LGBT Caucus will be requesting to amend the bill to repeal “Good Friday” as a state holiday instead of Election Day.)
Hearing Date: Thursday, 02-18-21 3:00 PM
Deadline to submit: Wednesday, 02-17-21 3:00 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

SB 939 – Establishes June 19 of each year as Juneteenth Day.
Hearing Date: Thursday, 02-18-21 3:00 PM
Deadline to submit: Wednesday, 02-17-21 3:00 PM (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 right away.

LGBT Caucus February Meeting

Next 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). Complete agenda will be sent out as we get closer.

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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