Sources: Joe Souki New House Speaker

·By civilbeat

Breaking news on the Hawaii House leadership battle. Calvin Say is out. 

Capitol Watch reports:

Joe Souki, the Maui representative and emeritus speaker, will be the new speaker of the House of Representatives.

That’s according to sources at the Capitol, who say Souki has garnered 28 votes, two more than necessary. His supporters are said to include Democratdissidents as well as House Republicans.

There are 44 Democrats and seven Republicans in the 51-member body

That means Calvin Say’s 13-year run as speaker — the longest since statehood — may have come to an end.

It’s a long ways until January when the new Legislature convenes and the House officially votes for a speaker. Who knows, maybe there will yet another twist.

But if true, the momentous change is certain to have an impact on legislation.

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