The House Judiciary and Finance Committees will take testimony from 10 a.m. until midnight on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the public hearing on SB1 on equal rights.
Due to the anticipated high number of people expected to testify, there is a system in place to make it easier.
People who register to testify online through the website will have the opportunity to testify first.
Then walk-ins will be allowed to testify when they register at the information booth.
The necessary steps to register online would be to:
- Register on the Capitol website
Submit testimony through the website system
- Check the box indicating desire to testify in person at the hearing
- A receipt email will be emailed at the time of submission.
- A followup email with a registration number will be emailed to those who registered to testify sometime prior to the hearing
- Bring the number to the hearing, numbers will be called in batches to testify.
At that midnight 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.
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.
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