Bastard Nation Action Alert
Support Hawaii HB 2082
Hawaii adoptees need your help NOW!
February 23, 2016: Hearing scheduled for House Judiciary Committee,
On 1/25/16, HB 2082 was introduced in the Hawaii House. The original bill was garbage with a mishmash of tiers and disclosure vetoes, and kept in place Hawaii’s current complicated and outdated confidential intermediary system.
Surprisingly, in committee, after written testimony by Adoption Circle of Hawaii asking for amendments, the bill was essentially entirely replaced with the provisions of SB. No. 2153, which gives adult adoptees access to the entire court file upon request. It also gives “natural parents” access to the original birth certificate. HB 2082 as amended passed out of committee on 2/12/16 and was referred to the Judiciary committee where it will be heard on 2/23/16 at 2:00pm HST.
Some legislators, including the Vice Chair of the Judiciary committee, Joy San Buenaventura, are raising the typical “birthparent confidentiality” concerns. Hawaii is interesting in that existing law actually allows the prospective adoptive parents to request that the entire file remain unsealed at the time of the adoption. Many legislators seem unaware of this provision, but it certainly calls into question the notion that the State has promised birthparent “confidentiality”.
Go here to read the bill, as originally introduced and as amended. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2082&year=2016
You may also register with the legislative site for free and then use the “Submit testimony” button to submit testimony in advance of the 2/23/16 hearing. Please only submit testimony if you are a Hawaii adoptee or triad member, Hawaii resident, or if you have a position as a representative of a group (such as a search and support group, adoptee rights group, etc). Hawaii residents and triad members are also encouraged to call the Committee members to simply express support of the bill.
If none of those apply to you, you are still encouraged to contact the House Judiciary Committee members prior to the hearing to express your support of HB 2082, as amended, via both email and Twitter.
Joy A. San Buenaventura
Della Au Belatti
Mark Nakashima phone:
Richard P. Creagan
Mark J. Hashem
Derek S.K. Kawakami
Justin H. Woodson
Cynthia Thielen phone:
Bob McDermott phone:
Chris Lee (he’s an adoptee and introduced the bill) phone: 808-586-9450 repclee@Capitol.hawaii.gov
Quick email list with commas (please bcc)
repclee@Capitol.hawaii.gov,repmcdermott@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repthielen@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repwoodson@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repmorikawa@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repkawakami@Capitol.hawaii.gov, rephashem@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repcreagan@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repbelatti@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repbrower@Capitol.hawaii.gov, reptakayama@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repnakashima@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repsanbuenaventura@Capitol.hawaii.gov, reprhoads@Capitol.hawaii.gov
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