April Meeting Agenda & Conference info

Conference Briefing Video

April Caucus Meeting – this Saturday
Name Change Survey

We are heading into the Conference portion of the Legislative process. If you are unsure of how Conference works or what is involved PLEASE click this link to watch a video from the Public Access Room. You can also find the link at the bottom of PAR’s Conference Committee info page where they have other resources as well.

Reminder you can check the status of the bills and resolutions that the LGBT Caucus is tracking by clicking on this link: LGBT Caucus Bill Tracking Report – this report is updated regularly even if an email is not sent out.

April Caucus Meeting Agenda & Info

We are meeting THIS Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM HST via Zoom (login/call-in info after the agenda).

April Meeting Agenda – click here to download the PDF version:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Additions to the Agenda
  4. Standing Committee Reports
    1. Chair’s Report
      1. Appointment to the ad hoc committee to draft the DPH’s Sexual Harassment & Bullying Policy
    2. Secretary – Minutes – March 17, 2021
    3. Treasurer’s report
  5. Action Items
    1. Referendum of the Steering Committee’s Action
      1. Recap of the Steering Committee meetings 
      2. Change in the LGBT Caucus position on SCR 161/ SR 126 https://bit.ly/StatementSCR161SR126 
      3. Setting the deadline to apply for the 3 new Vice-chair Positions
      4. Follow-up projects:
        1. Create an “How to” document for a person to follow to be able to file a complaint if one is denied transition services that they think should be covered. – Hannah is taking the lead.
        2. Compile a list of options to ensure that all transition services are covered by all insurance policies in the state of Hawai‘i.
        3. Review all insurance policies to find which transition services are covered by those policies for other purposes. 
  6. Old Business
    1. Legislative Update
      1. LGBT Caucus 2021 Bills
      2. Review on how the LGBT Caucus selects legislative priorities
    2. Updated Proposed By-laws Changes 
      1. Review of the process for voting for the May meeting: To be eligible to vote one needs to be: 
        1. A registered voter in the state of Hawai‘i
        2. Member of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i and 
        3. member of the LGBT Caucus
      2. Mission Statement Review
      3. Caucus name change update – Complete the survey
      4. Adding the following positions permanently to the Steering Committee
        1. Membership Director
        2. Communications Director
        3. Fundraising Director
  7. Update on June Pride/Equality Non-profit FUNdraiser 
  8. Update from the ad hoc committee
  9. New Business
    1. Presentation – Honolulu Police Commission Taskforce: Background and next steps
  10. Announcements
    1. County Conventions
      1. Maui County – TBD – eConvention – Check with your district chair
      2. Hawai‘i County – May 1st 9 am – 12 pm – eConvention
      3. O‘ahu County – May 1st 8 am – eConvention
    2. Deadlines to run for County Officers
      1. Maui – Check with your district chair
      2. Hawai‘i County – CLOSED on April 1, 2021
      3. O‘ahu County – April 21, 2021 at 4:30 pm
    3. Honolulu AIDS Walk – #30YearsIn30Days – begins June 1
  11. Meeting adjourned 

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Caucus Name Change Survey

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.

If you have any questions about this email please do not hesitate in contacting me & I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Mahalo nui loa!

Michael Golojuch, Jr. (He/Him/His)
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

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