New leadership opens legislative session

Published On: Jan 16 2013 07:00:00 AM HST

Lawmakers will waste little time after being sworn in this morning. Hearings on the state budget have already been scheduled in what is expected to be a very busy session for elected officials. Political analyst Neal Milner has more.

HONOLULU -

The Hawaii State Legislature kicked off its 27th Legislative Session Wednesday at the Hawaii State Capitol.

There was new leadership in both the Senate and the House.

Senate President Shan Tsutsui took the lieutenant governor position after Brian Schatz was appointed to succeed the late Sen. Daniel Inouye in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Donna Mercado Kim was chosen by her peers to be the new Senate President.

Rep. Joe Souki believes he has the votes to be the new Speaker of the House.  Current Speaker Calvin Say says he will not be a candidate for the Speaker of the House for the 2013-2014 legislative sessions.

Stay with KITV.com for updates and KITV4 News will have a full report tonight at 5, 6 and 10.

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