The State Legislature Women’s Caucus released its endorsements of the following bills today. The links below that begin with “HB” lead to the House versions of each bill; the “SB” number following is the Senate companion version of the same bill. The public can participate in legislative discussions and follow the progress of the bills by following the links or by logging onto the Capitol Web site.
IMPROVING REPORTING & ENFORCEMENT PRACTICES RELATED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT
HB446/SB384, relating to the Confidentiality Program, Confidentiality Program Surcharge Fund and Confidentiality Program Grant Fund
Establishes the Address Confidentiality Program to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault relocate and keep their addresses confidential. Creates the Address Confidentiality Program Surcharge Fund.
HB447/SB390, relating to domestic abuse, Department of Human Services and Family Court
Removes certain unnecessary and redundant reporting responsibilities of the family courts and the Department of Human Services in cases where temporary restraining orders are sought for alleged domestic abuse involving a family or household member who is a minor or incapacitated person.
HB448/SB386, relating to domestic violence fatality reviews and Department of Health
Requires the Department of Health to conduct reviews of domestic violence fatalities, near-deaths, and suicides. Requires the DOH to enter into a memorandum of understanding to develop procedures for obtaining information relating to near-deaths resulting from intimate partner assaults. Requires reviews to commence within one year following the death, near-death, or suicide. Requires information and recommendations from the review process to be compiled for system reform efforts.
HB453/SB391, relating to psychologists continuing education, ethics and domestic violence
Amends the continuing education requirement for psychologists to include at least three credit hours of ethics training and at least two credit hours of domestic violence training.
HB452/SB393, relating to statewide sexual assault services, the Attorney General, base budget and appropriations
Appropriates funds to increase the base budget of the Department of the Attorney General for statewide sexual assault services for fiscal biennium 2016-2017 to $2,380,000 per fiscal year. Beginning with the 2017-2018 fiscal year, requires the base budget of the Department of the Attorney General for statewide sexual assault services to be at least $2,380,000 per fiscal year.
REDUCING VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULTS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
HB451/SB387, relating to affirmative consent and the University of Hawaii system
Requires the University of Hawaii system to establish and enforce an affirmative consent standard for all policies and protocols relating to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as a condition of receiving state funds for student assistance.
ENSURING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE
HB455/SB385, relating to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, the Department of Health and appropriations
Appropriates funds to the Department of Health for the breast and cervical cancer control program.
ADDRESSING HAWAII’S HIGH COST OF LIVING FOR WORKING FAMILIES
HB454/SB392, relating to the income tax credit and low-income household renters
Amends income tax credit for low-income household renters to adjust for inflation. Applies to taxable years beginning after 12/31/2015.
RESTORING PUBLIC TRUST WITH TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY OVER POLICE POLICIES & PROCEDURES
HB449/SB388, relating to county police departments, domestic violence policies and standards of conduct
Requires each county police department to post its policies relating to domestic violence, officer-involved domestic violence, and standards of conduct on its official website.
HB450/SB389, relating to police commissioners, county police commissions, composition and requirements
Amends the composition of the county police commissions to require that three commissioners on each police commission have backgrounds, including equality for women, civil rights, and law enforcement for the benefit of the public.