Tonight’s portion of the two-day hearing on HB 2 has wrapped up; the House State Affairs Committee heard from 25 people tonight, just three of them opposed to the bill, and all the rest in favor. Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said the committee will meet again in the morning at 8 a.m. “We will not have an evening meeting tomorrow night,” he said. “If we are able to, we will meet later on tomorrow, possibly right after lunch. We do have to take up on the floor again at 11:30 in the morning, so we will go until 11:30. We will take the time necessary. … We may start imposing time limits tomorrow, not to exceed three minutes.” Plus, he said, “We are going to limit testimony to those who have already signed up.”
The tally on the testimony over the two days: 118 people have testified, 70 in favor of the bill and 48 against. All told, 796 people signed in for the hearing, 408 of them in favor of the bill and 301 against; 353 indicated they wanted to testify.