Hawaii legislature cuts back on opening day frills

Hawaii legislature cuts back on opening day frills
Senate President Colleen Hanabusa
Senate President Colleen Hanabusa
House Speaker Calvin Say
House Speaker Calvin Say

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Opening day at the legislature will be a little more somber next year. When the gavel pounds for the 2010 session there will be no entertainment, no lei, no flowers or receptions.

House Speaker Calvin Say and Senate President Colleen Hanabusa sent lawmakers a letter outlining that all amenities will be cut because of the state's economic crisis.

"We intend for the 2010 opening day floor session to be conducted as strictly business with no ceremony whatsoever" they wrote in the jointly-signed letter.

They said speeches will be shorter and they are asking that those who usually donate gifts for the ceremonies give to charity instead.

The session begins January 20