Honolulu City and County Council holds hearings on the City Budget this week. On the Agenda for , is the City's Parks and Recreation Department Budget. There is an item for planning, design, and construction of capital improvement projects for Koko Head District Park, including further safety improvements to the ranges, starting in 2014 and continuing through 2018, with over $1 million asked.
Please go to: http://www1.honolulu.gov/council/emailbud.htm to submit testimony. Address your testimony to the Budget committee:
Honorable Chair Ann Kobayashi, Vice Chair Stanley Chang, and Members Carol Fukunafa, Joey Manahan, and Kimberly Marcos Pine.
You can include this suggested language:
Please accept my written testimony for the hearing agenda item for , the City's Parks and Recreation Department Budget, in support of the budget Proj. No. 1976022, Koko Head District Park Capitol Improvements, Project No. 1976022. Koko Head Shooting Complex needs more safety improvements to bring it into the modern era of range design and so ensure its continued operation.
Also, it would be useful to e-mail the Committee Members a copy of your testimony (cut and paste their e-mail addresses below)
To find your own Councilmember and add a cc to him or her, too, go to:
The House Committee on Public Safety will hear SB2938, SD2, requiring the Attorney General to establish online registration of firearms for the State. The Senate passed it. To learn more, go to the hearing notice at:
From there you can get the history of the bill, a copy of the current language, previous testimony, and access the automated system to submit testimony. If you have experienced the long lines at the County PD Firearms Divisions and want to avoid that situation the next time your government announces more gun control, please do something to help.
Please submit your testimony before . Attend the hearing and deliver your testimony in person, if possible. HRA would eventually like to repeal registration altogether. This bill is a good start.
HRA Legislative Liaison
The Hawaii State Legislature is at half-time. Bills not passed by the originating body are dead. The rest "cross" to the opposite body and are again referred to committees for hearings.
Your HRA has tracked over 34 bills of interest and submitted testimony to 23 committee hearings.
Bills for apprentice hunting, prohibition of digitally manufactured firearms, law enforcement officers carrying firearms while drinking, firearms registration amnesty, shall issue, and accepting military training for handgun permits are all dead and not likely to be resurrected.
Your HRA supports a number of good bills that remain alive. Please send testimony when you receive alerts on hearings. Attend in person when you can.
These firearms bills are alive:
|Bill number||Description and HRA position|
|SB2021 SD1||Snatching a policeman's gun becomes a Class C felony. SUPPORT|
|HB2246 HD1||Provides a mechanism for court relief from mental health disability resulting from involuntary commitment and requires AG to keep records of involuntary commitments and report to NICS and county PD's for permitting purposes. Privacy safeguards. SUPPORT with amendments.|
|SB2270 SD2||Allows neighbors to sue directly over zoning issues. Originally opposed because nuisance suits over firing ranges would be enabled, but Sen Hee's JDL committee amended it to apply to vacation rentals only, so HRA has no opinion. WATCH|
|SB2420 SD1||Allows criminal background checks on state & co. employees in sensitive areas, including handling guns. SUPPORT|
|SB2938 SD2||Online firearms registration system to be established. Sen Espero's Public Safety Committee amended this bill to require a system set up and managed by HI Attorney General. Passed Ways And Means Committee unanimously over PD's objections. No AG testimony yet. STRONG SUPPORT|
|HB849 HD2||Re-do of the Governor's emergency powers. Carryover bill from 2013. WATCH to make sure seizure of private firearms remains unlawful.|
|HB1975 HD1||Background checks on govt. employees handling firearms. SUPPORT. Same as SB2420.|
|HB1499 HD1||House JUD Chair Rhoads proposes a constitutional amendment that expending money to elect a public official is not protected by the 1st Amendment. Amended to eliminate "lobbying" as not protected. WATCH for language limiting grass roots lobbying.|
These hunting bills are alive:
|Bill number||Description and HRA position|
|HB1902 HD2||Prohibits loss of public hunting area. Evans. FIN Chair Sylvia Luke recommended passage with amendments. Creates a hunters' Advisory Commission to DLNR. DLNR shall make "reasonable efforts to prevent the loss...." Governor appoints 3 members. STRONG SUPPORT|
|HB1907 HD1||Disabled Veterans can get lifetime free hunting license, Evans, SUPPORT|
|SB3065 SD1||Exchange 9000 acres for recreational activity including hunting in Oahu central valley. Introduced by Sens. Dela Cruz, Chun Oakland, and 16 others. SUPPORT|
|SB3090 SD1||$3million for Hunter Ed and range development. Introduced by Sen. Kahele, and Solomon. SUPPORT|