Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Gov. calls Special Session

Gov. Lingle has officially called the legislature back into a special session to address matters related to the Superferry and extended term sentencing.

The House and Senate will convene tomorrow at 9 a.m.

The Senate has scheduled a hearing for 10:30 a.m. in the State Capitol auditorium tomorrow to hear public input on legislation that would require the Dept. of Transportation to perform an EIS while the Superferry sails.

On Thursday, the House Finance and Transportation Committees will hold a joint public hearing at 9 a.m. in the State Capitol auditorium to consider the House bill (click here to view the bill).

Also on Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing at 4 p.m. in Rm. 325 to consider legislation responding to the state Supreme Court's ruling a few weeks ago that the state's extended sentencing law is unconstitutional. (click here to view the bill).

Lawmakers are currently meeting with Big Island residents in a public hearing in Kona about the draft Superferry legislation.


Anonymous said...

How come the hearing for the Super Ferry Bill doesn't include the Environmental Committee?

James Gonser said...

See our more recent post on the issue. There was a motion to appeal the bill's committee referral to the Transportation and Finance committees and to include the Energy and Environmental Protection committee. The majority of members voted against the appeal. The vote was 17 for the appeal, 29 against, and 5 excused.