WHO: Sen. Karl Rhoads, Rep. Matt LoPresti, members of the Keiki Caucus and Hawai‘i Children's Action Network
WHAT: News conference to share the legislative package of priority measures addressing the health and welfare of Hawai‘i’s children
WHEN: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
WHERE: Conference room 229
Hawai‘i State Capitol
Sen. Karl Rhoads and Rep. Matt LoPresti, co-conveners of the Keiki Caucus, will be presenting the 2018 Legislative Package and Deborah Zysman, Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Children's Action Network, will present the Hawai‘i Children’s Policy Agenda.
The proposed measures are the result of community collaboration with legislators to address the health and well-being of young people in Hawai‘i. The joint news conference represents shared priorities of the Caucus and the non-profit organization Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network which advocates for policies aimed at improving the lives of Hawai‘i’s youth.
Some of the proposed bills and resolutions include financial support for a transitional housing program for homeless youth, prohibiting the sale of tobacco products within 750 feet of a school, public park, or public housing complex, establishing a pilot Visitation Center program for children of incarcerated parents, and requesting the Department of Education to convene a working group to review afterschool programs in Hawai‘i.
The Keiki Caucus is a bipartisan group of House and Senate members joined by more than 100 community advocates from various non-profits, educators, businesses and parent groups. Established in 1994, the Keiki Caucus has been actively working to develop proposals and initiatives that improve the well-being of Hawai‘i youth.