If you want your voice heard on several bills aimed at cleaning up Honolulu's homeless problem, now is your chance.
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Several months ago the Honolulu City Council passed laws that would prohibit sitting or lying on public sidewalks in Waikiki, Chinatown and possibly the entire island.
Bill 43 would make it illegal for people to relieve themselves in public in Waikiki. Bill 42 and Bill 44 would prohibit people from lying and sitting down in those areas.
The last two bills – 45 and 46 – would go one step further and make it illegal to go to the bathroom in public.
“It’s a prevalent problem, but if we just do this in Waikiki, you are going to have people in other areas say, ‘Well, we understand the need to protect Waikiki, but aren’t our communities just as important as Waikiki?’ I believe the answer is yes, and we need to do this Island-wide,” said Councilman Ikaika Anderson.
Many people have said an island-wide law goes too far, and have suggested having public restrooms.
Others said the laws won't solve the homeless problem.
The bills need to pass the majority of the nine-member council on the third reading and get the mayor's approval before becoming law.
Residents may weigh in at the City Council Zoning/Planning Meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday.