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President's Message (Grace Furukawa)
Consensus on Gambling Study
Tax Reduction -- For Whom? (Astrid Monson)
Women's Coalition Package Update (Ina Percival)
League Testifies at the Public Hearing on One Archer Lane
League Monitors Domestic Violence Cases (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Orientation Meeting (Grace Furukawa)
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Women's Coalition Package Update

At the close of the 1997 Legislative Session, we provided a general synopsis of how the Women's Coalition Package fared and promised more details later in a full tracking report. That report follows. In addition, interested League members are welcome to attend the next Women's Coalition legislative planning meeting. It will be held on July 30, 1997 at 5:00pm in Room 3 12 at the State Capitol. Please RSVP by calling Desi at 586-5757.

Senate Committees

CPI Commerce, Consumer Protection & Intbrmation Technology
EDU Education
HEV Health and Environment
HRE Human Resources
JDC Judiciary
WAM Ways and Means

House Committees

CPC Consumer Protection & Commerce
EDN Education
FIN Finance
HED Higher Education
HLT Health
HSH Human Services and Housing
JUD Judiciary
LAB Labor
LMG Legislative Management

HEALTH CARE

HCR 19 / SCR 19 Breast Reconstruction Health Insurance
Requesting the auditor to assess the Social and Financial effects of requiring health insurers to offer coverage for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery.
Status: HCR 19 passed the House and the joint committees of HEV/HRE, but was not scheduled for a hearing in WAM. SCR 19 passed HEV/HRE, but was not scheduled for a hearing in WAM.

HB 620 / SB 1052 Breast Reconstruction Health Insurance
Requires Insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to provide postmastectomy breast reconstructive surgery coverage.
Status: HB 620 was referred to HLT, CPC, and FIN, but not scheduled for a hearing. SB 1052 was referred to HEV/HRE and CPI, but not scheduled tbr a hearing

HCR 51 / SCR 20 Maternity Coverage Health Insurance
Requires the auditor to assess the social and financial effects of requiring health insurers to offer fortyeight hour maternity coverage in order to eliminate the problems of "Drive-Through Deliveries".
Status: HCR 51 was referred to HLT, CPC, and LMG, but not scheduled for hearing. SCR 20 was referred to HEV/HRE and WAM, but held in HEV/HRE.

HB 625 / S13 1054 Maternity Coverage Health Insurance
Requires health insurance policies to carry 48 hour maternity coverage in order to avoid "Drive Through Deliveries".
Status: HB 625 was referred to HLT, CPC and FIN. HLT recommended that the measure be deferred. SB 1054 was referred to HEV/HRE and CPI, but not scheduled for a hearing.

HB 619 / >SB 1061 Contraceptive Services Health Insurance
Requires all health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to cease excluding contraceptive services from coverage by repealing the provision of such coverage as an employer option.
Status: HB 619 was referred to HLT, CPC and FIN, but not scheduled for a hearing. SB 1061 was referred to HEV/HRE and CPI, but not scheduled for a hearing.

SB 263 Contraceptive Services. Health Insurance
Requires health insurance policies to cover contraceptives services, but allows exemption for religious institutions and individual employers based on religious or moral grounds.
Status: SB 263 passed the Senate and House and was held in conference committee.
Note: Initially this bill required health insurance policies to cover contraceptive services, but an exemption for religious institutions and individual employers based on religious or moral grounds was attached. This threatened to deny many women, especially single women, access to much-needed health benefits. Although we initially supported this bill, we lobbied against the amendments.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

HCR 122 / SCR 153 Teen Shelter Resolution
Requests the Department of Human Services to study the needs of, and the provision of services and shelter to, minors fourteen to eighteen who are victims of Domestic Violence.
Status: HCR 122 was referred to HSH, JUD and FIN. It passed HSH, but was not heard in JUD. SCR 153 was referred to HRE/JDC and WAM. It passed HRE/JDC, but was not heard in WAM.

HB 624 / SB 1060 Child Abuse/Shelters, Minors
Allows minors between the age of 14 and 18 to seek shelter in domestic abuse shelters for up to 48 hours and requires the shelter to notify the appropriate agencies.
Status: HB 624 was referred to HSH and JUD. It was HELD in HSH. SB 1060 was referred to HRE and HELD.

HB 623 / SB 1053 Domestic Violence Records Expunge
Eliminates the provision allowing persons convicted of abuse of family and household members to apply for an order expunging all records relating to person's arrest, trial, finding of guilt, and dismissal and discharge. (The ability to expunge makes it extremely difficult to track DV history and allows for reduced sentencing options in subsequent cases.)
Status: HB 623 passed both House and Senate and is pending Governor approval. SB 1053 passed the Senate and referred to House JUD, where it was held.

SB 1062 / HB 622 Criminal Procedure. DAG Pleas
Makes use of a deferred acceptance of guilty pleas or no contest pleas inapplicable to an offense (regardless of whether a felony, misdemeanor, or petty misdemeanor) involving bodily injury of a person whose relationship to the perpetrator is one of a family or household member.
Status: SB 1062 passed the Senate and transmitted to House. Referred to JUD, but not scheduled for hearing. HB 622 was referred to JUD, but not scheduled for hearing.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

HCR 160 /SCR 151 SH Education, Training, Policies and Enforcement
Resolution requesting a report on the establishment of a training and education function for state department directors and managers to be carried out by the Hawai'i State Commission on the Status of Women, also requesting a report from the Civil Rights Commission detailing the necessary resources for full enforcement of sexual harassment policies.
Status: HCR 160 was referred to LAB, JUD and FIN. It passed LAB, but was not scheduled for hearing in JUD. SCR 151 was referred to FIRE and JDC. It was adopted by the Senate unamended and transmitted to the House where it was referred to LAB, JUD and FIN, but was not scheduled for hearing.

HB 1552 / SB 1057 Sexual Harassment
Makes it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to require mandatory arbitration in any case of sexual harassment claims against an employer.
Status: HB 1552 referred to LAB and JUD, but not scheduled for a hearing. SB 1057 referred to HRE and JDC. Passed HRE and JDC with amendments, but recommited to JDC.

HB 616 / SB 1058 Hawai'i Rules of Evidence
Amends rules of evidence, relating to sex offense cases of sexual harassment claims against an employer.
Status: HB 616 referred to JUD, but not scheduled for hearing. JCD held S13 1058.

HB 1553 / SB 1059 Civil Rights
Allows individuals whose civil rights have been violated to directly file suit in court
Status: HB 1553 referred to JUD, but not scheduled for hearing. JDC held SB l059

MISC.

HB 617 / SB 1055 Children Born to Parents Not Married To Each Other
Replaces the term "Illegitimate child" with "Child born to parents not married to each other" in the state statutes to delete the concept of legitimization and to remove the label of illegitimacy from children born to parents who are not married to each other.
Status: Governor Cayetano signed H.B. 617 HD1 into law on April 23, 1997. (Act 052). SB 1055 passed the Senate and was referred to JUD, but not scheduled for a hearing.

HB 615 Appropriating Money for Childcare Job Training
Makes an appropriation for a childcare job training program. Status: Referred to HSH, LAB and FIN, but not scheduled for a hearing.

SB 1056 / HB 18 Prevention of Physical &Sexual Violence
Establishes a 3 year, school-based violence prevention (SBVP) integration pilot project to implement SBVP programs in 5 public schools, and support roles for the DOE, BOE, the college of education, and the UH BOR. Establishes requirements for participation in the SBVP pilot project and a SBVP trust fund.
Status: SB 1056 was referred to EDU and WAM. EDU passed it with amendments, but WAM did not schedule a hearing HB 618 was referred to EDN/HED, JUD and FIN It passed EDN/HED with amendments, but was not scheduled for a hearing in JUD

HCR 176 / SCR 186 AD HOC Committee on Domestic and Sexual Violence
Endorses the Ad Hoc Committee Report and requests annual reports.
Status: HCR 176 referred to HSH, JUD and FIN. It passes HSH without amendments and was not scheduled for a hearing in JUD. SCR 186 referred to HRE/JDC and WAM. Hearing in HRE/JDC deferred.

HB 621 / SB 846 Controlled Substances
Increases regulation of gamma hydroxybuterate, flunitranzepam and ketamine hydrochloride due to their abuse potential as date rape drugs. Regulates ephedrine as a controlled substance and increases regulation of other substances. Prohibits possession of equipment used to illegally manufacture controlled substances.
Status: HB 621 referred to JUD, but no hearing scheduled. SB 846 passed House, Senate and enroute to the Governor.

In addition to this detailed follow up report, there were 23 other related bills of which testimony had been given. Update on those bills are available at the League office.

Since this report all three measures that have passed have now been signed into law.

Ina Percival

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