House of Representatives will take a final vote Friday on SB 1 HD 1
From House Republican Caucus November 7, 2013
Tomorrow (Friday), beginning at 10 a.m., the full House will take a final vote on SB 1 HD 1 for Third Reading. If it passes, the amended bill will revisit the Senate for passage or another vote.
Despite overwhelming public opposition to the bill (see below), SB 1 HD 1 passed Second Reading in the House on Wednesday in a 30-18 vote. Please click here to see how each representative voted on Second Reading.
If you're able to visit the Capitol on Friday, please see below for information for visitors. You can also watch the 10 a.m. floor session live on Olelo Channel 54 and live streaming online at this link.
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Information for visitors to the Capitol on Friday
The House of Representatives released the following announcement about what visitors can expect at the Capitol on Friday:
To ensure a safe and fair environment for the public and others, all parties have agreed to share available space within the Capitol Rotunda, inside the House Gallery, and along Beretania Street.
Capitol Rotunda: Supporters of marriage equality will have a dedicated zone on the mauka side while opponents of marriage equality will have a dedicated zone on the makai side.
House Gallery: The gallery will be evenly split down the middle with an equal allocation of space for both sides. There will be entrances open on each side of the gallery for the public to enter their respective chamber seating areas.
Beretania Street: Sign-waving space will be divided among both groups. Supporters of marriage equality will be on both sides of Beretania Street from the Damien statue towards Downtown while opponents of the marriage equality will be on both sides of Beretania from the Damien statue towards Punchbowl Street.
Video: Testifiers Say Hawaii's Special Session Is Unwise and Unfair
Despite a lengthy House hearing on Senate Bill 1, many testifiers expressed dissatisfaction with the rushed process of this special session. Please click here to view their testimony.