THE SENATE

THE TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2009

 

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

Senator Will Espero, Chair

Senator Robert Bunda, Vice Chair

 

AMENDED NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

TIME:

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 229

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

SB 236

        Testimony

        Status

RELATING TO JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE.

Amends chapter 703, HRS, to remove requirement to retreat or surrender possession of a thing before the use of force is considered justifiable.

 

PSM, JGO

SB 478

        Testimony

        Status

RELATING TO DISASTER RELIEF.

Activates provisions of the State's disaster relief law to apply to emergencies, except for enemy attack.  Clarifies the use of the governor's emergency powers in response to a natural or manmade disaster.  Limits the governor's powers to provide disaster relief or the length of time that the governor may provide disaster relief in specific circumstances without legislative authorization.  States that, in certain cases, emergency powers in force prior to the effective date of this measure expire at the end of the 2009 regular session unless reauthorized by the legislature.

 

PSM, JGO

SB 540

        Testimony

        Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Establishes a state residential drug abuse program with an in‑community component to help inmates' reentry into the community upon their release from prison.  Expands number of transition beds in module nineteen at the Oahu community correctional center.

 

PSM, WAM

SB 546

        Testimony

        Status

RELATING TO CORRECTIONS.

Requires the department of public safety to establish a pilot program on Oahu that electronically monitors committed persons who are permitted to live and work in the community in lieu of continued incarceration.  Appropriates funds.

 

PSM, WAM

SB 539

        Testimony

        Status

RELATING TO CORRECTIONS.

Reorganizes and renames the corrections program services division of DPS to the reentry services division, whereby the reentry services division will work closely with the furlough programs in each county that are managed by the institutions division to ensure that the reentry needs of inmates are being met.

 

PSM

SB 1149

        Testimony

        Status

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.

Creates a new intake and reentry division within the department of public safety to house the existing intake services center, correctional program services, correctional industries, and, at the Oahu community correctional center, work furlough programs.

 

PSM, WAM

Measure deleted on 02-04-09

SB 970

        Testimony

        Status

RELATING TO COMMITTED PERSONS' ACCOUNTS.

Amends section 353-20, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to permit the Director of Public Safety to direct the department to have one or more accounts for committed persons.  Also states that the accounts are non-interest bearing and that no interest can be paid to committed persons on the individual accounts.

 

PSM, WAM

 

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

 

FOR AMENDED HEARING NOTICES:  If the notice is an amended notice, measures that have been deleted are stricken through and measures that have been added are underscored.  If there is a measure that is both underscored and stricken through, that measure has been deleted from the agenda.

 

Persons wishing to testify should submit testimony in one of the following ways by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the hearing:

 

·         In person:  1 copy of their testimony to the committee clerk, Room 207, State Capitol.

 

·         By fax:  Testimony may be faxed if less than 5 pages in length, to the Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Office at 586-6659 or 1-800-586-6659 (toll free for neighbor islands), at least 24 hours prior to the hearing.  When faxing, please indicate to which committee the testimony is being submitted and the date and time of the hearing.

 

·         By Email:  Testimony may be emailed if less than 5 pages in length, to the Committee at PSMTestimony@Capitol.hawaii.gov .  Please indicate the measure, date and time of the hearing. Email sent to individual offices or any other Senate office will not be accepted.

 

·         By Web: Testimony may be submitted online if less than 4MB in size, at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/emailtestimony.

 

Please note:  If you submit your written testimony after 4:30 p.m. the day prior to the hearing, please sign-in at the staff table to testify orally.  A copy of your testimony may not be available during the hearing but will be posted online for the public after the hearing. 

 

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids or services to participate in the public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the committee clerk 24 hours prior to the hearing so arrangements can be made.

 

Please note:  All testimony received by the Hawaii Senate will be posted on the Hawaii Legislature's Website.  Documents made available through the Testimony hyperlink(s) above may not be posted until the start of the hearing.

 

Public Folder.  A folder labeled “Public Folder” containing the measures and testimonies for the hearing will be available for shared use by members of the public.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL THE COMMITTEE CLERK AT 586-6823.

 

 

 

 

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Senator Will Espero

Chair