Political Radar


November 4th, 2013

State Rep. Sylvia Luke announced just before 10:30 p.m. on Monday that the marriage equality hearing will recess and reconvene on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m.

The House Judiciary Committee and House Finance Committee had called the 5,184 people who had signed up to testify and are working through the people who were not present and were given a second chance to speak. Luke said the committees are at about 3,200 in the second pass through the list.

Luke, the chairwoman of the House Finance Committee, said the committees had not yet determined whether people who had twice missed their opportunity would be given a third chance to testify. She said the committees would make a decision on whether to advance the bill immediately after the hearing concludes.

The House had heard 52-and-a-half hours of testimony through the fourth day of the hearing on Monday.

Rep. Karl Rhoads, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, described the hearing as unprecedented.

"It would be a third bite at the apple. And I realize that it's very difficult for people to get down here -- I'm really sorry about that -- but no matter how many bites at the apple we give, we're probably never going be able to get everybody who wants to do it," Rhoads said of allowing people a third chance at speaking.

Rhoads told reporters that lawmakers have done their best to hear from the public.

"I doubt seriously that any committees have ever taken that much testimony on any topic ever," he said.

5 Responses to “Tuesday”

  1. scott foster:

    Bravo to the Committee Chairs Representative Sylvia Luke & Karl Rhodes and the majority of the Committee Members for suffering through this marathon of vitriol. There were many stars shining brightly of course -- and hopefully they all know who they are. Hopefully, the rest of Hawai`i has finally come to better understand the hate and ugliness we LGBTs suffer through every day of our lives in one way or another. Many "secrets" have been revealed which will be playing out over the coming months.

    Most interesting to me was the revelation that the head of SHOPO, Hawaii’s police union, Tenari Maafala, appeared to testify against the Marriage Equality bill -- telling the Committee he would never enforce such a law. He said SB1 is contrary to his religious views. “You would have to kill me” he said. This is frightening to learn. No wonder the Bullying law can't get any traction!

  2. Keith Rollman:

    It's their job to listen to the citizens, even when they would obviously rather not. Your characterization of the predominant testimony as "hate and ugliness," is dramatically misleading.

  3. Auto de Fe:

    Bullying Law: The transsexual agenda for Hawaii schools


  4. bengoshi:

    There is no law or other legal authority requiring committees to hear any and all oral testimony. Chairs have very wide discretion how to conduct hearings, and rightly so. People complain already that the process is to slow. Our system is one of representative democracy whereby we delegate decision-making authority to those elected. In the end, if you do not appreciate how your representative voted, you work to vote that person out. But you do not have a right, under any law of our state, to collusively put the brakes on the hearings process. It can hardly be argued that the members of the committees have not "listened to the citizens." And they are not bound to vote in any manner that reflects a popularity contest. Rights of some citizens are not determined by mere popularity among fellow citizens.

  5. Especially Incognito:

    Yes! Someone should provide information
    on, Who is a Civil Authority. Only one I know
    that is a Civil Authority is God and
    that no persons are God's equal.

    I again repeat.
    No one knows where one goes when they

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