NASW Hawai'i is actively involved on advocacy and lobbying at the state and local level. As an organization, we provide written and oral testimony and are involved in working with the Women's Legislative Coalition, Keiki Caucus, Kupuna Caucus and the Mental Health Task Force.
For more information on how to get involved with our legislative advocacy efforts please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To follow political activity at the state capitol or submit testimony, please visit www.capitol.hawaii.gov
2017 Legislative Session
Opening day of the 2017 legislative session was Wednesday, January 18th! Watch this spot for updates about bills that we are supporting or opposing this session.
Bills we are tracking second half of 2017 legislative session
SB522 SD 1 strengthens safe sleep policy for child care facilities
SB511 SD2 requires DHS to publish child care facility inspections
SB425 SD 2 requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide sick leave
SB403 SD2 Ensures certain benefits under the federal Affordable Care Act are preserved under Hawaii law, including: preserving the individual health insurance mandate for taxpayers; preserving the premium tax credit for individuals and families with low or moderate income; requiring all health insurance entities, including health benefits plans under chapter 87A, HRS, to include ten essential health care benefits, plus additional contraception and breastfeeding coverage benefits; extending dependent coverage for adult children until the children turn twenty-six years of age; prohibiting health insurance entities from imposing a preexisting condition exclusion; prohibiting health insurance entities from using an individual's gender to determine premiums or contributions; and prohibiting health insurance entitles from discriminating with respect to participation against a health care provider acting within the scope of that provider's license or certification
SB501 SD1 requires limited service pregnancy centers to disclose availability of reproductive health services
SB502 SD1 removes discriminatory requirements for mandatory insurance coverage of IVF, same sex parity, unmarried, male infertility
SB503 SD2 require health insurance companies to cover case management for victims of sexual violence
HB663 HD1 requires limited service pregnancy centers to disclose availability of and enrollment information for reproductive health services. Establishes privacy and disclosure requirements
HB415 HD1 Ends statute of limitations for sexual assault of a child
HB4 HD1 requires employers to provide a minimum amount of paid sick leave to employees to be used to care for themselves or a family member who is ill or needs medical care
HB213 HD1 permits employee to take family leave to take care of sibling
HB207 HD2 expands low income household renters income tax status based on adjusted gross income and filing status
HB209 HD1 expands low income household renters income tax credit based on gross income and filing status
HB552 SD1 Ensures that benefits of the Affordable Care Act are preserved under State law in the case of repeal of the ACA by Congress. Preserves the individual mandate, minimum essential benefit requirements, extended dependent coverage, and prohibitions on preexisting condition exclusions and gender discrimination in premiums and costs.
Join us for a day at the Hawai'i Capitol to learn about social justice, advocacy, and accessing your state legislature.
Guest speakers will include legislators, lobbyists, and social workers involved with advocacy and lobbying efforts.
Capitol tour provided
Free to attend, light lunch provided.
Open to current BSW, MSW or PhD students and faculty, as well as NASW members.
Check in at 9:00 at the Auditorium on lower level. Event runs from 9:30am-2pm.
NOTE ON ACCOMMODATIONS
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