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Last Public Hearing Set for Assisted Suicide Bill
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 2:50 AM :: 4476 Views :: Health Care, Life

Assisted Suicide Bill in Senate Judiciary

From Hawaii Family Forum, March 20, 2018

On Friday, March 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in room #016, the very last public hearing (where people in the public can actually submit written opposition to assisted suicide) will be done by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  However, they are not receiving any ORAL testimony.

That means that while you can submit WRITTEN TESTIMONY, no public discussion about the bill will take place.  The Senate Judiciary Committee seems to be indicating that they have heard everything that needs to be said about the issue.  

While they may believe the fight is over, we do not and strongly encourage you to do the following:

  1. Pray for wisdom for the our Senate Judiciary members as they deliberate on this issue (behind closed doors)
  2. Call the members of the Senate Judiciary and ask them to vote NO on HB2739 HD1

    Sen Brian Taniguchi (Chair)
    808-586-6460
    sentaniguchi@capitol.hawaii.gov

    Sen. Karl Rhoads (Vice Chair)
    808-586-6130
    senrhoads@capitol.hawaii.gov

    Sen. Mike Gabbard
    808-586-6830
    sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov

    Sen. Donna Mercado Kim
    808-587-7200
    senkim@capitol.hawaii.gov

    Sen. Laura Thielen
    808-587-8388
    senthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov

  3. Submit testimony online by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018.  Need talking points?  Click here.
  4. Show up, if you can, at the DECISION MAKING on Friday at 9:00 a.m. in room 016 and wear your blue shirts.  Keep in mind that this will be a very quick procedure.  The Senate Chair (Sen. Brian Taniguchi) will most likely just make a public declaration on what the intentions of the committee are. (e.g. pass out of committee with our without amendments, or defer).
  5. If you live in the district of one of the committee members (listed above), please send a message through our system to oppose assisted suicide.  (NOTE: This link will only work for people who live in the district of members of the Senate Judiciary.)

Many of you are asking what happens next

Well, if the bill passes the committee, it will go to the full Senate for a vote.  If the bill is un-amended by the committee, after the Senate vote, it will be sent directly to the Governor.  If the bill is amended, the House will be asked to agree (or disagree) to the amended version.  Disagreement by the House will result in a conference committee.

We will keep you posted on the progress and help you connect directly with your legislators and do the call to action when the time comes.

Mahalo for your continued support and prayers.  

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