The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor will hold a hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 1, Relating to Equal Rights, on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the State Capitol Auditorium.

The hearing will follow the convening of the Second Special Session of 2013 called by Governor Neil Abercrombie.

“Listening to public input, we’ve strived to strike a balance between the concerns expressed by both sides of this issue,” said Senator Clayton Hee, Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor. “We have also done our best to provide the public with ample opportunity to review the measure posted online to offer further input. Everyone wishing to participate may do so by submitting testimony.”

Testimony is currently being accepted. The deadline to submit testimony is Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

Members of the public wishing to submit testimony may do so online, via email, in person, or by fax. More information about the hearing and how to submit testimony can be found on the Committee’s hearing notice at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/splsession2013b/Hearing%20JDL%2010-28-13.pdf.

If the bill passes out of the Judiciary and Labor Committee, it will go to the full Senate for a vote.

To review the draft bill, receive more information about special session, and keep updated about the bill’s status, please go to:http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/splsession.aspx?year=2013b.

During special session, the Senate will also take action on numerous interim appointments to boards and commissions requiring Senate confirmation. Confirmation of these appointments is the responsibility of the Senate; if the Senate elects not to take action on the appointments, the individuals appointed cannot continue to serve and are ineligible for another interim appointment to the same position.

The Hawaii State Senate will convene in special session on October 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Senate Chambers.  Floor sessions for the remainder of the special session will convene at 11:30 a.m., unless circumstances require otherwise.

Monday’s hearing will be broadcast live by Capitol TV on Olelo Channel 53.