By Derrick DePledge
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.