AAUW Honolulu Members Turn Out for Women’s Legislative Caucus Signing Ceremony

The Women’s Legislative Caucus capped off this legislative session with a signing ceremony, with Gov. David Ige, of bills
advocated for and by the group on July 3 at the Richards Street YWCA.

The bills signed included:

  • HB674 – Child Care Provider Insurance Requirement — Childcare providers are now required to carry liability insurance as a requirement for licensing, and disclosure to parents and guardians.
  • SB513 – Pharmacist Dispensing Self-Administered Contraceptives — Allows pharmacists to prescribe and dispense “self-administered hormonal” birth control methods, like the pill, regardless of a previous prescription.
  • SB505 – Opioid Therapy/Treatment Bill — Healthcare providers are required to discuss the increased risk of opioid addiction that come with the prescription, establishes limits as to prescriptions and gives the Board of Nursing the authority to enforce the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, which establishes drug policy.

One of the bills, SB514 – Authorizing Pharmacists to Administer HPV & other Vaccines to Minors, was supported by the testimony of AAUW members from branches across the state. This bill allows pharmacists to administer vaccines for Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), meningococcal and influenza vaccine to those 11 to 17 years of age.

It also allows them to give vaccines for HPV, or human papillomavirus, which is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection that can lead to cancer. The Centers for Disease Control recommends 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of the vaccine