Legislative Update – March 16, 2018

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: We had a great week – SB 270 the bill to ban conversion therapy passed the House’s CPC committee (10-0) and HB 2739 the medical aid in dying bill passed the Senate’s CPH committee (6-0) now we are already looking at next week: Testimony needed in strong support in the Senate Labor Committee for: HB 1489 – RELATING TO CIVIL RIGHTS Prohibits a state agency or program or activity receiving state financial assistance from excluding from participation, denying

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URGENT: Testimony for Senate Hearing Needed in Support of Medical Aid in Dying – HB 2739

We need testimony in STRONG SUPPORT for House Bill 2739 – RELATING TO HEALTH HB 2739 establishes a regulatory process under which an adult resident of the State with a medically confirmed terminal disease and less than six months to live may choose to obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life. Imposes criminal sanctions for tampering with a patient’s request for a prescription or coercing a patient to request a prescription. Read the bill here. HB 2739

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URGENT: Your Testimony is Needed in Support of BANNING Conversion Therapy for LGBTQIA Youth – SB 270

BAN Conversion Therapy for LGBTQIA Keiki Testimony in Support of SB 270 is needed We have GREAT news for SB 270 a bill that will ban conversion therapy for LGBTQIA youth it is being heard in the Hawaii State House! SB 270 passed out of the Senate last week with a vote of 24 – 1! We need testimony in STRONG SUPPORT for Senate Bill 270 – RELATING TO MINORS SB 270 prohibits persons licensed to provide professional counseling from

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We Have A HEARING for Medical Aid In Dying! HB 2739

URGENT: Testimony needed in STRONG SUPPORT for HB 2739 which establishes a regulatory process under which an adult resident of the State with a medically confirmed terminal disease and less than six months to live may choose to obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life. Imposes criminal sanctions for tampering with a patient’s request for a prescription or coercing a patient to request a prescription. HB 2739 (Medical aid in dying aka Death with Dignity) will be

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URGENT: Testimony needed in STRONG Support of SB 270 – to BAN CONVERSION THERAPY

The 2018 Legislative Session has started and bill supporting one of our major issues, supporting homeless youth, already has a hearing! We need testimony in STRONG SUPPORT for Senate Bill 270 – RELATING TO MINORS SB 270 prohibits persons licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising sexual orientation change efforts on persons under 18 years of age. Read the bill here. SB 270 is being heard by the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Consumer

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2018 Lt. Governor’s Candidate Forum

To help prepare for the 2018 Primary Election the LGBT Caucus and Labor Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i are hosting a candidate’s forum for the Democratic candidates for the Lt. Governor’s race. Candidates Participating in the forum (in order of appearance) 1. Bernard Carvalho 2. Kim Coco Iwamoto 3. Josh Green 4. William Espero 5. Jill Tokuda If you can’t make it in person we will be using the DPH’s video-conference system as well as broadcasting via Facebook

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URGENT: Testimony Needed to Support Homeless Youth – SB 2008

We need testimony in STRONG SUPPORT for Senate Bill 2008 – RELATING TO HOMELESS YOUTH SB 2008 appropriates funds to the department of human services to provide outreach to and shelter and services for homeless youth. It is being heard by the Senate’s Committee on Human Services and Senate’s Committee on Housing on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. in room 016. Your testimony doesn’t need to be long just a couple of sentences about why you think that

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Women’s March – Hawai’i Anniversary Events

The LGBT Caucus is proud to announce that we are co-sponsoring the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March – People’s Rally at the State Capitol on Saturday, January 20, 2018 starting at 10:00 a.m. Due to the Women’s March Anniversary events we have canceled our January LGBT Caucus meeting. Here are all of the confirmed Anniversary events for Women’s March – Hawai‘i across the state: Oahu – People’s Rally on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Hawaii

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Survey: Help Improve the Presidential Preference Poll

As the LGBT Caucus we talked about back in April 2016 the Presidential Preference Poll was not a pleasant experience for most of us. So our chair co-introduced a resolution to study and try and fix the PPP. Then at the 2016 Democratic Party of Hawai’i State Convention the delegates unanimously passed the resolution entitled GOV 2016-03 Ensuring Full Participation by Democrats in the Presidential Preference Poll, which can be found here: https://hidems.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/gov-2016-resos.pdf The Special Committee that was created by

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2018 Democratic Party of Hawaii State Convention

The 2018 Democratic Party of Hawaii State Convention will be held on the Kona side of the Big Island (Hawai’i County). Dates: Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27, 2018 Location: Hilton Waikoloa 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, Hawaii, 96738 Hotel Website Room Rate: $179 a night for Delegates & Convention Guests (No additional cost for multiple occupancy.) Delegate Registration Fees: Early Bird Regular Late Neighbor Island  $185.00  $200.00  $225.00 Hawai’i County  $200.00  $225.00  $250.00 Theme: U.S.S. – Unity – Solidarity

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