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Bill seeks to stop discrimination against Section 8 tenants

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii lawmaker is telling landlords to not discriminate against people who pay for housing using Section 8 funds.

Democratic state Rep. Karl Rhoads says low-income people have an extremely hard time finding affordable housing in Hawaii. He introduced a bill to outlaw discrimination based on lawful income.

The bill aims to stop landlords from turning down tenants who are part of the federal Section 8 housing voucher program.

The House Committee on Housing advanced the bill Monday.

The Hawaii Association of Realtors is against the proposal. They say it's essential to review a potential tenant's financial background.

The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission supports the bill. The group's executive director says there's not enough housing on the market for people with Section 8 vouchers.

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