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Bill banning lying on sidewalks passes committee

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HONOLULU (AP) - A Honolulu City Council committee has given initial approval to a bill making it illegal to lie on city sidewalks.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Bill 59 would ban lying on a sidewalk on a tarp, towel, sheet, blanket, sleeping bag, bedding, chair, bench, tent floor or other material.

The measure introduced by Councilman Stanley Chang exempts the homeless, people with a medical condition or people engaged in "expressive activity." However, homeless people would have to show proof they tried to obtain shelter.

Homeless advocate Michael Daly opposes the bill.

Daly says the idea behind it seems to be harassment so that the homeless will go to shelters.

He says many homeless shelters are inadequate, demoralizing and inhumane.

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