Political Radar

Midnight hour

October 30th, 2013

The state House has released guidance for people wishing to testify on Thursday at the hearing on a gay marriage bill before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Finance Committee.

The hearing will be held starting at 10 a.m. in the state Capitol auditorium. Lawmakers expect to hear testimony until midnight.

From the House:

This is a system to facilitate the testimony process. Walk-ins will still be allowed to testify by registering at the information booth. Walk-ins will have the opportunity to testify after those who have registered online.

The necessary steps to register online would be to:

1. Register on the Capitol website. (www.capitol.hawaii.gov)
2. Submit testimony through the website system.
a. Check the box indicating desire to testify in person at the hearing.
b. A receipt email will be emailed at the time of submission.
3. A followup email with a registration number will be emailed to those who registered to testify sometime prior to the hearing.
4. Bring the number to the hearing, numbers will be called in batches to testify.

Those who submit their testimony in person should go to the House Chief Clerk’s Office (Room 027) where they will be assigned a number at that time.

15 Responses to “Midnight hour”

  1. Kolea:

    I thank the Legislature for improvising this improved system. It makes it easier for citizens to have some idea of when we are going to have an opportunity to give testimony, beyond just having to wait for our name to be called.

    Whether we can honor the request that we not be repetitive and avoid re-stating what others have already said, might be kinda tough. I hope we will not have a repeat of the Senate hearing where people unfamiliar with giving testimony cited "research" they had not really scrutinized, as if they were presenting "facts," when they really should not have assumed they know diddly about what has happened in "Massachusetts" and Canada, except from something they "read on the Internet" or heard from a passionate, but poorly informed pastor.

    People should not complain "there is not enough time" to consider the issues adequately if most of the time available to us is filled with uninformed, but earnest, chatter rather than focusing on the areas which actually may require some nuanced examination and reflection. The borderline between "private" activities and "commercial" activities, subject to "public accommodations" provisions of the law ARE, in my view, worthy of discussion. I know there have been very detailed discussions among legislators, with attorneys, over the language, but members of the public have a right to share their views. It would be helpful if they actually understood the complexities rather than merely asserting an absolute right to discriminate against gays because it "is an abomination to God," making their discrimination justified as "Religious Freedom."

    But given how convinced some of these folks are that the "wall of separation between church and state" is a modern invention, contrary to the views of Thomas Jefferson, I fear they are not capable of participating in a useful discussion. SO we will be forced to endure hours, perhaps "days" of uninformed, repetitive testimony so they can "testify" their devotion, before God and fellow church members.

  2. Keith Rollman:

    Everyone's testimony used to be important. Not everyone has the eloquence or education to compete with liberal intellectuals like Kolea, however, the constitution had previously stated that everyone's opinion and vote was of no less importance. There now seems to be a predominant Liberal attitude that some people are too stupid to participate and should leave government to those who have deemed themselves to be their superiors. This is precisely why the governor and his minions have usurped the peoples right to vote on this monumental decision about if our society should embrace same sex marriage and what behaviors our children should be taught to accept. Aren't we lucky that we now have a system where our liberal, progressive superiors make our decisions for us behind closed doors and we no longer have to endure that messy process called democracy.

  3. Kolea:

    Keith, as a professional public relations consultant, you have understood the value of appealing to the non-rational thought processes of voters. (Note: I did not say "irrational." I said "non-rational.")

    I can see how I left myself open to a cheap demagogic criticism, but perhaps we have different understandings of the purpose of public hearings? I consider do not believe the primary purpose of such hearings to be to provide an opportunity for people to vent. That is secondary, perhaps tertiary, to allowing for the full examination of ideas, of solutions, to allow for rational discussion and debate of alternatives.

    So, yes, by my model, which I think is consistent with the enlightenment-influenced ideas if the "Founding Fathers," evidence and rational argument is privileged over Bible quotes and emotionalism. Even if you might prioritize the use of public hearings to "rile the people up" against politicians you want to pressure.

    The request by committee chairs that people resist the urge to testify if they are merely re-stating what others have already stated, is also consistent with my view. There comes a time when allowing people to just say the same thing over and over again is destructive if democratic, representative government.The number if people wanting to testify, mostly to demonstrate their faith, could easily drag on for days, adding no additional information and stealing time from thoughtful question and back and forth. That is true whether it is special session or regular session. Though I understand you are being paid to create the impression the special session is more restrictive of debate than regular session. A false charge.

    Your previous boss, Mufi Hanneman, was no friend of full democratic debate.

  4. Nala007:

    Keith: And your previous boss is no longer an elected official. Instead he has an oldies radio show on Saturday. His opposition to civil unions didn't work out too well for him, did it?

  5. Nala007:

    p.s. I do enjoy Mufi's oldies show and listen to it fairly often. He has a nice DJ voice. I hope he sticks with it rather than return to politics.

  6. Eric Ryan:

    Personally, I believe that Keith Rollman has served his masters extremely well; from Mufi Hannemann to John Carroll to Bob McDermott. They are all in debt to him for their amazing successes. I'm sure that the House GOP Caucus members are lining up to thank Mr. Rollman . . . wait, no, those were the leaders of Hawaii's Democrat Party who lined up to thank Mr. Rollman and Mr. McDermott for tanking the future of the Hawaii Republican Party for the next decade with the embarrassing last-minute antics. At least yesterday's implosion was as entertaining to watch as were Mufi's tears on those Primary election nights when he was routed by Neil in 2010 and then by Tulsi in 2012. Go Keith Go!!

  7. Especially Incognito:

    Someone looks like Francis Hanneman.
    Speaks like him.

    I look forward to the time when many
    can get married but a new bill needs to pass
    to get divorced. Maybe they want a "special"
    place to park.

    Didn't Rant Paul get caught for plagiarism?

  8. Especially Incognito:

    I guess it is bi meaning they can
    change sides anytime. Contrary
    and contradicting assumptions.
    Seems conservatives are known for
    contrary behavior.

  9. Keith Rollman:

    For the record, my company was the agency of record for Mufi's 2004 and 2008 mayoral campaigns, not for his subsequent races. Also, unlike Mr. Ryan, I am still on speaking terms with ALL of my previous clients.

  10. Auto de Fe:

    John 1:1 God is Logos. Logos is God.
    Kolea 1:1 I am Logos. Oppose me and you are without Reason.

  11. Especially Incognito:

    Auto de Fe: "the transplanted missionaries of today preaching gay marriage." LOGOS of a transplanted missionary.

    You need to study up on your Bible. There is no book of it.
    "Oppose me and you are without Reason."
    More the reason to, contrary.

  12. Hon2255:

    Let the people vote. The liberals think they know better and are making the decisions for the masses. Politicians should not be involved with this issue. Civil unions for the Gays is enough. Marriage is and should always be between man and woman.

  13. Hon2255:

    Let the people vote on this issue.

  14. Eric Ryan:

    Good to know that Keith Rollman is still engaging in non-state business during state time using state computers. Agency of record? He always called himself a "volunteer" to the media. Hmmm.

  15. Especially Incognito:

    seems a conservative said the same thing when
    she was governor.

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