How is HSCADV involved in public policy?
HSCADV tracks all bills relating to domestic violence in Hawai’i, submits testimonies, and advocates for legislation that protects survivors of domestic violence and their families. The 2021 Legislative Session will begin on Wednesday, January 20th and run until Thursday, April 29th. Please view the full legislative calendar here and keep an eye out for future updates from the HSCADV.
New Domestic Violence Laws in Hawaiʻi
Three domestic violence bills were passed by Governor Ige in 2020 and all went into effect on January 1st, 2021. Check out HSCADVʻs legislative summary of the new laws here.
Legislative Advocacy During COVID-19
ThinkTech Hawai’i and the Pacific Law Center hosted a free seminar for the public discussing the various procedural changes and issues during the 2021 Legislative Session on Friday, January 8th. This 90-minute seminar will replay on Ōlelo 54 and thinktechhawaii.com on Friday, January 15th from 9:00am-10:30am HST or you can watch it on demand here and on YouTube.
Check out the following resources to keep up-to-date on legislative issues:
State of Hawai’i Legislative Reference Bureau Public Access Room (PAR) – Free resource providing the general public with information on the state legislative process. Information on the current legislative session, tips and engaging in local politics, and more can be found. Contact the PAR via phone and email; no walk-in services.
Hawai’i State Legislature – Create an account and sign up to keep track of bills, hearings, and testimonies.