House Speaker Joe Souki and Rep. Gene Ward, minority leader emeritus, are holding fundraisers Thursday as the legislative session enters its most critical period.

With sine die coming up May 7, state lawmakers have begun the conference committee period when House and Senate negotiators work to resolve differences in bills — or not.

Souki is holding his fundraiser at Wolfgang Steakhouse on Maui; he represents District 8 there. The suggested donation is $1,000.

Ward’s fundraiser is at Mandalay Restaurant in Honolulu. The Hawaii Kai rep is seeking $100 to $1,000 per person.

Will the cash during session sway any votes? Who knows.

Gene Ward and Joe Souki PF

Republican Rep. Gene Ward, left, and House Speaker Joe Souki, a Democrat, confer on the House floor during the 2014 session.

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