By Derrick DePledge
A tentative schedule for a special session on gay marriage was released on Tuesday by state House leaders.
Under the plan, the state Senate would introduce a gay marriage bill, which will be the subject of a public hearing on Monday, the opening day of session, before the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee.
The Senate could approve the bill by Wednesday.
The House will take up the bill on Thursday with a joint public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Finance Committee.
The House could then approve the bill by the following Monday, Nov. 4.
If the Senate version of the bill is amended by the House, the Senate would have to take another vote, which would likely come on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
State senators, meanwhile, are still working on a draft of the gay marriage bill.
During the special session, the House will take the lead on bills relating to the financing of new public worker contracts and emergency money for the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital and the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.