City Council committee approves tent bill

HONOLULU (AP) - A City Council committee has given initial approval to a bill that would make it harder for people to set up tents on Oahu sidewalks.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says the Public Safety and Economic Development Committee approved the measure on Tuesday. It now goes to the full City Council for a public hearing.

Under a city ordinance, city officials tag and then wait 24 hours before removing tents and other personal items from city sidewalks. The bill under consideration would do-away with the 24-hour notice. Property owners would then have 30 days to retrieve their items for a fee, though the fee could be waived if contested successfully.

A spokesman for the mayor says city employees on Tuesday tagged items left on sidewalks in more than a dozen locations.

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