Mayor Caldwell to 'take action' on 2 homeless-related bills

Mayor Caldwell to 'take action' on 2 homeless-related bills
Homeless tents along Kapalama canal

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell plans to "take action" Wednesday on two bills related to homelessness on Oahu.

A spokesman for Caldwell said he plans to sign Bill 46, which would make it illegal to camp along city-owned streams. The bill said camping may pose health and safety hazards. Many homeless individuals are known to set up camps along the Kapalama Canal, specifically.

Caldwell will also veto Bill 44, expanding the existing sit-lie ban to public malls in the downtown and Chinatown areas of Honolulu. He said he believes this bill is unconstitutional and threatens to prompt costly lawsuits and may potentially invalidate the existing sit-lie bills.

Both bills were passed by the City Council in early August.

Caldwell will address these bills at a press conference at 11 a.m. on Kohou Street.

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