Political Radar


October 22nd, 2013

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.

10 Responses to “Schedule”

  1. Especially Incognito:

    This should be held in a normal session.
    Speciall meaning overtime. Let them pay
    for this.

  2. Eric Ryan:

    Hmmm, the emergency priorities of the state legislature right now are homosexuals, government employee raises, and bailouts for failing government hospitals. If I didn't know any better, I'd say that government in Hawaii is run by a Democrat supermajority with the help of a pliant minority party.

  3. Oh Well:

    There is no queastion that same sex marriage is a done deal in the State of Hawaii. However, the question many ask is whats the rush? The only reason a special session is going to happen is for tax purposes only. Same sex parrtners who marry this year can now claim the same tax status as heterosexual copules for tax year 2013. Other than for tax purposes, I can't see why same sex partners need to marry ASAP. For one of the advocates to claim that not calling a special session to confirm same sex marrige is "cruel and unsusual punishment" is ludacris. To mandate the average taxpayer contribute to a special session just for one issue is sad, pathetic and down right unfair!

  4. Nala007:

    @OhWell - this special session isn't going to cost the tax payer anything. The increase in economic revenue, including tax revenue, from marriage equality will offset the cost of the special session.

    What will cost the taxpayer is a delay. The state will not lose out on many months of the boost to our economy from marriage equality, the state will also have to spend money continuing to defend itself in the marriage equality lawsuit (Jackson v Abercrombie) that goes before the US 9th circuit court of appeals next month.

  5. Especially Incognito:

    Seems we have us a Civil Authority.
    If it were a regular session than it would
    not be special. Special means they and they
    want special treatment and not equal treatment.
    Who bullies who now?

    The State tends to lose nothing. The people who vote do.
    Hawaii needs a law when they divorce.
    Again a "special session".

  6. AUWE!!:

    Our very traditional Far Eastern visitor (Japan, China, etc) may think twice about showing up on our Hawaiian shores. So it will possibly be a finance down-fall, note I say 'possibly'. How can anyone guarantee 'offset cost'. Seems like the lawsuits have already started (Jackson v Abercrombie). HELLO! Seems like this is for money, and more money with the lawsuits. We need to protect ourselves from this type of crazy thinking and get back to the basics. Protect Religious Liberties offered by the First Amendment.

  7. Nala007:

    Than why does San Francisco consistently rank as one of the world's top tourist destination cities?

  8. Especially Incognito:

    Chinese food.

  9. Guaranteed Personality:

    The rush is so that limited public input can be given and compiled. If it had due process as other bills or went before the public, the real numbers would show numbers contrary to what is being purported as overwhelming support for the bill. Have any of your legislatures published data on the overwhelming support? I doubt it.

  10. Especially Incognito:

    Seems a rush on Same Sex Marriage as
    opposed to other issues America faces.
    The Debt ceiling will come back and haunt
    America and the ObamaCare will be used
    again as a threat of "BlackMale".

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