The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice was active this legislative session, submitting testimony on over 40 bills. Its successes include:
- HB868, eliminating the asset limit for TANF recipients.
- SB515, providing critical services and housing for people experiencing homelessness. This bill is currently waiting for the Governor's signature.
- Defeating all bills that would have legalized gambling, casinos, or lotteries.
Tax bills to create a state Earned Income Tax Credit and a poverty income tax exemption were approved for consideration by conference committees this year but were deferred for further review during next year's session. This is the furthest any EITC bill has gone in more than a decade of advocacy and the nonprofit is optimistic about its chances of passage next year.
Click HERE to read more about Appleseed's work in the 2013 legislative session.