Honolulu City Council overrides mayor's veto of sit-lie ban

Honolulu City Council overrides mayor's veto of sit-lie ban

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu is expanding its ban on sitting and lying down in public to more pedestrian malls, despite Mayor Kirk Caldwell's veto.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the city council voted 7-2 Wednesday to override the veto, adding two pedestrian malls in Chinatown to the restricted areas. Members in favor of the ban say it is necessary to protect businesses in the area.

In his veto last month, Caldwell cited legal concerns. City attorneys say constitutional challenges to sit-lie measures are best defended against in cases where people sitting or lying on sidewalks hinder access to businesses.

Earlier this year the council overrode Caldwell's veto to another sit-lie expansion. Council members Brandon Elefante and Kymberly Pine voted against overriding the veto, and have said sit-lie legislation criminalizes homelessness.

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