By SAM EIFLINGAssociated Press
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers have passed a bill
that will end an unusual exemption in state law that allowed police to
have sex with prostitutes.
Police still may solicit sex in the course of their
investigations. But the measure (HB 1926) now makes sexual penetration
and sadomasochistic abuse by police officers a crime.
Members of the House and the Senate passed the bill unanimously Tuesday.
Earlier in the session Honolulu police lobbied
successfully to keep the exemption. The House amended the bill after
police testimony, keeping the exemption.
Media coverage called attention to the change. A Senate committee responded with another amendment that removed the exemption.
Honolulu police dropped their opposition to the
change. The police insist their officers do not have sex with
prostitutes and would be disciplined if they did.
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