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FULL TEXT: Gay Marriage Bill Introduced, Hearing Set for Oct 28
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Senator Clayton Hee, Chair

Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro, Vice Chair


  • DATE: Monday, October 28, 2013
  • TIME: 10:30 a.m.
  • PLACE: Auditorium, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street


The Committee will meet to hear the following bill after its introduction and referral at the convening of the Second Special Session of 2013 on Monday, October 28, 2013:

SB 1 RELATING TO EQUAL RIGHTS (LINK: Status, Testimony, Text)

Recognizes marriages between individuals of the same sex.  Extends to same-sex couples the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of marriage that opposite-sex couples receive.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

Testimony may be submitted up to 24 hours prior to the start of the hearing. 

All written testimony must clearly indicate to which committee the testimony is being submitted, the measure number, the date and time of the hearing, and whether you will be testifying in person.

Testimony may be submitted in one of the following ways:


Email: Testimony may be emailed (10 MB limit) to

In person: Deliver 1 copy of your testimony to the committee clerk, Room 407, State Capitol.

Fax: Testimony may be faxed if less than 5 pages in length, to 586-7334 or 1-800-586-6659 (toll free for neighbor islands).

The Committee on Judiciary and Labor would like to hear from as many individuals as possible, and are anticipating a large volume of individuals wishing to present testimony. As such, and as a courtesy to those patiently waiting for their opportunity to address the Committee on Judiciary and Labor, it is requested that each individual limit their oral testimony to two (2) minutes.

Please Note: All testimony received by the Hawai‘i Senate is posted on the Hawai‘i Legislature's website, which is accessible to the public. Please do not include private information that you do not want disclosed to the public.

FOR AMENDED NOTICES: Measures that have been deleted are stricken through and measures that have been added are underscored. If a measure is both underscored and stricken through, that measure has been deleted from the agenda.

If you require auxiliary aids or services to participate in the public hearing process (i.e. ASL or foreign language interpreter, or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the committee clerk at least 24 hours prior to the hearing so that arrangements can be made.


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Special Session Update

From House Republican Caucus October 22, 2013

Many people have been calling and emailing the Legislature about the upcoming special session. As we get closer to the upcoming session, we're committed to providing important updates that will help you navigate the special session and aide your participation in the legislative process.

Although the Governor has suggested multiple versions of a same-sex marriage bill, the attached Senate Bill 1 will be the bill deliberated on by the Legislature when special session begins on Monday. Remember, the bill is just a starting point. To view the bill, click here.

The first public hearing on Senate Bill 1 will be held by the Senate on Oct. 28 at 10:30 AM in the State Capitol Auditorium (Basement Level).

Click here to view the hearing notice. Additionally, please see below for the tentative schedule from House Majority leaders. (1, 2)

*TENTATIVE Schedule*

Monday, October 28 – Senate Judiciary & Labor Committee Hearing – 10:30 AM, State Capitol Auditorium (Basement Level) 415 S. Beretania Street

Wednesday, October 30 – Possible Final Senate Floor Vote

Thursday, October 31 – Possible Joint House Judiciary Committee & House Finance Committee Hearing

Monday, November 4 – Possible Final House Floor Vote

If amendments are made to the measure, additional votes will be required. Hearings will be your best opportunity to weigh in on the proposed measure. We’ll be sending additional updates as they become available.

To submit testimony, track bills and get hearing notifications, visit


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