Hawaii committee to decide on prostitution bill

Published: Mar. 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are expected to advance a bill that will end the state's unusual provision allowing police to have sex with prostitutes.

The measure (HB 1926) under consideration Friday originally included a line that would have banned police from having sex with prostitutes. Honolulu police told lawmakers that the legal exemption protects their cover during investigations. The House changed the bill to leave the exemption intact.

Last week, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee blasted the exemption and criticized police for defending it.

Sen. Clayton Hee, the committee's chairman, calls the exemption outrageous and says his committee will amend the bill to end it.

Hee and Honolulu police met privately this week. The police agreed the exemption wasn't necessary so long as they can still verbally agree to have sex.

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