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Honolulu City Council delays vote on sit-lie ban

Honolulu City Council delays vote on sit-lie ban Honolulu City Council delays vote on sit-lie ban

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Honolulu City Council has voted to delay expanding a ban on sitting and lying down on sidewalks to commercial districts beyond Waikiki.

Several council members say they didn't have enough time to review the amendments that were submitted by the scheduled vote Wednesday.

Advocates for homeless people say the initial Waikiki ban isn't getting people off the streets. They say they're just moving to other neighborhoods, and expanding the ban will make it harder on homeless families.

Supporters say it's important to keep sidewalks clear for pedestrians. They say businesses can't afford to have their entryways blocked.

If approved the prohibition will be in effect from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. every night. Neighborhoods in downtown Honolulu, Kailua, Kaneohe and others will be impacted by the ban.

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