Honolulu City Council approves expansion of sit-lie ban to parts of Honolulu outside Waikiki

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HONOLULU — The Honolulu City Council has approved a bill that would ban sitting and lying down on sidewalks in neighborhoods outside Waikiki.

The council approved Bill 48 on a 7-2 vote Friday. Council members Brandon Elefante and Kymberly Marcos Pine voted against it.

The bill now goes to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell for his decision.

The council approved a similar ban for the sidewalks of Waikiki in September after pressure from the tourism industry.

The more recent bill expands that prohibition to commercial pockets of Honolulu and to areas outside the urban core like Kailua and Kaneohe.

Families who live on the streets have fought the measure saying it's hard to find spaces in shelters. But some business representatives and residents say it's not right when sidewalks are blocked.

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