LGBT Caucus Events Deadlines 2018 State DPH Convention and Leg Update

Upcoming LGBT Caucus events:
Meet & Greet with Rep. Sam Park of Georgia
Come out and meet Rep. Sam Park – Georgia’s first out LGBTQIA legislator! He was one of the few bright spots from the 2016 Election. This event is co-sponsored by Senator Stanley Chang and the LGBT Caucus of the DPH. Light pupus will be served.

When: Friday, April 27 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Square Barrels – 1001 Bishop St Ste 108 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Cost: FREE
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/436029743517941/

Sex Trivia
When: Friday, May 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Where: Scarlet Honolulu – 80 S Pauahi St Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Who: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and HawaiiPlanned Parenthood Young Leaders (Hawaii) & LGBT Caucus
Cost: $5.00
Why: A fundraiser for Rainbow Family 808 & learn more about sex in a sex-positive atmosphere!
LGBT Caucus’s Third Annual Marriage Equality Celebration!
When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Dave & Busters Honolulu – 1030 Auahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Cost: $30 ($40 at the door) – Heavy pupus w/ soft drinks & no host bar
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/403669020059065/
Purchase tickets at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebration-of-3-years-of-marriage-equality-tickets-42813920589
DPH 2018 State Convention:
Proposed changes to the Democratic Party of Hawaii’s (DPH) By-Laws, Constitution, Platform and Affirmative Action Plan; as well as proposed Resolutions are due by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2018. If you submitted a resolution at the county level and it passes you do not need to re-submit to the State Convention.

Any member of the DPH can submit proposed changes or resolutions but all submissions are required to have two (2) Delegates to the 2018 State Convention sign off on them along with the signatures of ten (10) Party Members. Here is the form to submit with your submission(s): https://hawaiidemocrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/DPH-2018-Submittal-form.pdf

If you are planning on submitting anything please review Rule 5 of the Standing Rules for the Convention. They can be found here: http://lgbtcaucushawaii.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/DPH-STANDING-RULES-FOR-2018-CONVENTION.pdf

If you have any questions regarding the submission please do not hesitate in contacting me.

Deadline to file nomination forms to run for Party Chair; and Young Democrats (under 36 years old) or Senate District State Central Committee Member is May 4, 2018 5:00 PM. The nomination form and instructions are located here: https://hawaiidemocrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/10-SCC-Nomination-Form-2018.pdf

Any other questions you may have for 2018 State Convention please contact Convention Co-Chair Tambry Young – tambry@hawaiidemocrats.org

2018 Legislative Update:
SB 270 – Banning Conversion Therapy – In Conference Committee, they had their first meeting yesterday and they are meeting today – hopefully they can work out their differences so we can ban this barbaric practice.

Here are all the other bills that the LGBT Caucus has SUPPORTED that are still alive:
HB 1489 – Creates a State version of Title IX aka the Patsy Mink Act to which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation, in any state educational program or activity – in Conference they had their first meeting yesterday and they are meeting today
HB 1627 – Eliminates the subminimum wage for individuals with disabilities – in Conference they had their first meeting yesterday and they are meeting today
HB 2672 – Expands the low-income household renters’ income tax credit – in Conference
HB 2703 – Helps low-income families with rental assistance – in Conference NO Senate Conferees have been appointed
SB 2046 – Outlawing bump stocks – in Conference NO Senate Conferees have been appointed
SB 2340 – Ensures the protects in the Affordable Care Act are protected at the State level – passed Conference Committee now goes back to both House & Senate for a FINAL vote!
SB 2351 – RE: Equal pay – in Conference they had their first meeting yesterday and they are meeting today
SB 2436 – Shortens the time frame a person has to turn over their guns & ammunition after upon disqualification from 30 days to 7 days –  in Conference
SB 2585 – Allowing UH Graduate Assistants to form a Union – in Conference & first meeting is tomorrow
SB 2719 – Expands the time the survivors of childhood sexual assault can sue – in Conference first meeting is today
SB 2990 – Supports PAID Family Leave for all workers – in Conference they had their first meeting yesterday and they are meeting today

Here are all the Resolutions that the LGBT Caucus has SUPPORTED that are still alive:
HCR 133 – Calls to allow for scientific study of gun violence at national level – appears dead
HCR 198 – Requires the DOE to report to the legislature on how they are complying with Title IX aka the Patsy Mink Act – passed Senate in amended form and returned to the House
HCR 199 – Requesting the Judiciary to find a way for gender equity in filling Judicial Vacancies –  (LGBT Caucus requested that they look for gender diversity instead of gender equity to no avail so far) – appears dead
SCR 9 – Calls upon Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation to oppose “Concealed Carry Reciprocity” Legislation – DEAD
SCR 154 – Creates a workplace safety working group – PASSED

Here is the only Resolution that the LGBT Caucus has opposed and why:
SCR 76 – Calls for a National Constitutional Convention (ConCon) to overturn Citizens United – DEAD it was not heard.
The LGBT Caucus has always opposed ConCons because there is no guarantees the gains we have made in the courts with the regards to civil rights would be protected if the opposition to the LGBTQIA community gets their delegates elected to the ConCon

If you want anymore information on any of these bills or resolutions you can find it on the Legislature’s website:
https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/

If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask!