Status Summary

Passed out of the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Placed on second reading by the Rules Committee on Mar 1. Did not make it out of the Senate before House of Origin cutoff.

Legislative Session

2017

Status

Failed

Sponsor

Hasegawa

All citizens are harmed by unintended racial and ethnic disparities created by legislation. Therefore, the legislature intends to create a proactive tool intended to provide legislators with aggregated and disaggregated demographical data and other information to help legislators understand possible disparate racial and ethnic impacts, and thus better informed and intentional decisions on legislative proposals. This bill would require the following:

Requires the caseload forecast council to prepare and submit, before a legislative session, to the legislature a general disproportionality report, and establish a procedure for the provision of racial and ethnic impact statements on the effect that legislative bills and resolutions modifying adult felony sentencing will have on racial and ethnic minority. Requires the office of financial management to coordinate the development of racial impact statements, where applicable. Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with certain entities to establish a procedure for the provision of racial and ethnic impact statements on the effect that legislative bills and resolutions will have on racial and ethnic minority students including the racial and ethnic composition of K-12 students subject to discipline. Requires the department of social and health services, in cooperation with certain other entities, to establish a procedure for the provision of racial and ethnic impact statements on the effect that legislative bills and resolutions will have on racial and ethnic minority groups including the racial and ethnic composition of populations receiving assistance from the department. Requires the minority and justice commission, in consultation with the sentencing guidelines commission, to conduct an evaluation of the implementation of this act and submit a report to the appropriate legislative committees.  The bill also allows the caseload forecast council to request from the office of the administrator of the courts, the department of social and health services, the department of corrections, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, and other agencies, such data, information, and data processing assistance as it may need to accomplish its duties, and these services shall be provided without charge to the caseload forecast council.