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President's Message for Spring
Come to the Biennial Convention May 30!
Public Funding of Election Campaigns (Kory Payne)
Bills Relating to Health Care (Joy Marshall & Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Election Day Registration (Jean Aoki)
Housing (Jackie Parnell)
Major Challenges for 2010 Elections (Jean Aoki)
Civil Unions (Jean Aoki)
My Favorite Testimony
Proposed Budget June 1, 2009 - May 31, 2010 (Susan Miller)
Voting Rights, Incarcerated Persons (Jean Aoki)
Withrdawals and Nominations (Jean Aoki)
Corporate Donations (Jean Aoki)
Mahalo to All the Contributors to Our Big Non-Event!
Campaign to Stop Legalized Gambling Successful (Grace Furukawa & Pearl Johnson)
Local Legue Reports - Honolulu (Piilani Kaopuiki)
Local League Reports - Hawaii (Leilani Bronson-Crelly & Susan Dursin)
Local League Reports - Kauai

Bills Relating to Health Care

We welcome Joy Marshall to our legislative team.  Her professional credentials, dedication to improving health care for all, and insights acquired during her career as an RN and ongoing volunteer work make her a valuable member of our team. 

LWV has supported the following bills.

HB330/SB777  Relating to Comprehensive Sexuality Health Education requires any recipient of state funding for sexuality health education programs to provide comprehensive medically accurate sexuality education.

HB 343 funds a statewide rural primary care training program for the state through the John A Burns School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine.

HB 690 requires any employer that provides health insurance to provide the same benefits to 15 hour workers.

HB 691 establishes the Hawaii Rural Heath Care Provider Loan Replacement Program to help new physicians repay their loans as they practice in areas of need.

HB 811 Requires foreign nursing students to meet the same standards of education before being qualified to sit for licensure exams as our Hawaii educated nurses.

HB1504/SB 424 establishes the Hawaii Health Authority to develop a comprehensive plan to provide Universal Health Care to all residents of Hawaii. SB 1075 establishes an appropriation for SB 424.

SB173 creates an appropriation for a tax credit for employers to provide health care for their employees.

HB423/SB604 Relating to Emergency Contraceptives for Sexual Assault Survivors requires hospitals to provide information about emergency contraception to women who are sexually assaulted and to provide emergency contraception when requested. Provides for administrative penalties for noncompliance The House bill is dead. The senate won't hear the bill unless it includes a religious exemption, which was in HD1, then removed in HD2.  We have worked on this bill for 6 years -when it does pass the legislature the governor vetoes it.

HB967  Relating to Medical Cannabis amends the term "medical marijuana" to "medical cannabis", transfers the administration of the program from the department of public safety to the department of health.  It was deferred on February 5.

Joy Marshall
Suzanne Meisenzahl

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