To accommodate the expected high numbers of people wishing to testify on SB1 and to allow testifiers to plan their time accordingly, the House Judiciary and Finance Committees plan to begin the public hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday and end at midnight.
At that time, if there are people who signed up to testify still waiting to speak, the hearing will be continued on Friday, Nov. 1 at a time to be determined.
Due to the anticipated high volume of testifiers for the Oct. 31 House hearing on SB1 relating to equal rights, the Judiciary and Finance Committees will assign registration numbers to people who submit testimony and wish to testify in-person.
Those who submit testimony online and wish to testify at the hearing will receive an email prior to the hearing with their registration number. Those who submit their testimony in person should go to the House Chief Clerk’s Office (Room 027) where they will be assigned a number at that time.
Online testimony can be submitted at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx.
The numbering system is being implemented to more efficiently assist the flow of people and their testimony during the hearing. It will also allow testifiers to know where they are on the testimony list and plan their presence accordingly.
The committees are waiving the 24 hour deadline for submission of testimony which will be accepted before and during the October 31 hearing.
For additional assistance on the day of the hearing, an information booth will be available outside of the capitol auditorium.