ACLU disagrees with mayor's proposals for homeless problem

ACLU disagrees with mayor's proposals for homeless problem

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says it "strongly opposes" two of the five bills offered by Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa to address the county's homeless problem.

The Maui News reports that ACLU legal director Daniel Gluck said in an email Friday that Arakawa's proposal would penalize poor residents for "the basic life functions of sleeping and going to the bathroom."

The two bills that the ACLU has singled out prohibit sitting and lying on public sidewalks and going to the bathroom in public areas.

The other three bills presented to the County Council in November prohibit drinking in public areas, stealing shopping carts and aggressive panhandling.

Council members say the measures could face legal challenges, but Arakawa had said that the proposals have been examined by the attorneys.

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