By Derrick DePledge
The state House Judiciary Committee and House Finance Committee heard the last public testimony on a marriage equality bill on Tuesday afternoon and have recessed the hearing after 55-and-a-half hours.
The hearing opened on Thursday and spanned over five days. More than 1,000 of the 5,184 people who had signed up took the opportunity to speak to the committees.
"I think it's probably the longest hearing ever in the history of Hawaii," said Rep. Karl Rhoads, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
The committees recessed until 3 p.m., when lawmakers will make a decision on whether to advance the bill.
The House has scheduled a session at 6 p.m. to potentially consider the bill on second reading.