55 1/2 hours

November 5th, 2013
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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.

6 Responses to “55 1/2 hours”

  1. Jesse:

    Done deal...nothing to see here.


  2. Jesse:

    So Derek, will the Senate accept the House Draft or do you think they will go to Conference on it?


  3. ohiaforest3400:

    It's "Derrick," Jesse, like it says above. Good question, 'tho. Odds are that the Senate accepts to get the bill up to the Governor and end this.


  4. Jesse:

    Oops...Sorry, just tired after all these hours.


  5. Jesse:

    Ohia, I think that they want to do that but Senator Hee strikes me as one to go to Conference just because. He already stated in an interview (I don't remember exactly where I read it) that he didn't want the House messing with the religious exemption language and that if they did he would fight it. That's why I ask the question.

    When it is all said and done, however, I think the religious exemption stays in as is and it will become law. A compromise I can live with until it gets challenged in the courts by someone on either side. :-)


  6. Especially Incognito:

    Governor running for re-election will
    have the people vote for this next year.
    If he signs or vetoes the Bill, his chances
    of getting re-elected are in the peoples hands.

    Forget re-election and do what is tolerable
    by both. Study the Bill long and hard and edit
    wording to be diplomatic in that no one comes
    out with distress.


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