BY REP. RICHARD LEE FALE – My office has received a lot of calls about the special session that the governor has called, beginning October 28. This communication is going out to answer questions about how you can be involved in the scheduled special session. I want to be clear, I do not agree with the Governor’s decision to call a special session. I believe it is a reckless and forced attempt to push major legislation without ample time for review and public input. That being said, the constitution allows the governor to call a special session. Therefore, if you want to have your voice heard on the same gender marriage issue, you will need to speak up during this special session.

How to Submit Testimony

If you are interested in submitting testimony on SB1- Hawaii Marriage Equity Act here are some guidelines:

  1. Testimony needs to be submitted BEFORE 10:30AM Sunday, Oct 27.
  2. Testimony can be submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee. You will first need to create an account on the website.
  3. Click here to create an account, so that you can submit testimony.
  4. Click here for hearing notice instructions and links. Testimony may be submitted by email, fax, or on the Internet.

2013 Special Session Timetable (subject to change)

  • Mon Oct 28 – Senate Judiciary hearing begins at 10:30 AM in the State Capitol Auditorium (basement level).
    Click here to view the hearing notice.
    Click here to track the progress of SB1, including any revisions of the bill.
  • Wed Oct 30 – Final vote for the whole Senate scheduled
  • Thurs Oct 31 – House Judiciary hearing expected to be held (may change)
  • Mon Nov 4 – Final vote by House and Senate

Committees that will hear Senate Bill 1 (SB1)

Senate Bill 1 – SB1- Hawaii Marriage Equity Act is scheduled to be heard by the following committees. You can also express your views on SB1 by contacting the members of the following committees:

  • Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor
    Clayton Hee, Chair
    Click here for the members of this committee.
  • House Judiciary Committee
    Click here for the members of this committee.
  • House Finance Committee
    Click here for the members of this committee.