HONOLULU (AP) - Sitting and lying down on state lands in Hawaii could become illegal under a proposal in the state Legislature.
Homelessness experts say they don't know of any other state with such a ban.
Democratic state Rep. Isaac Choy said Friday that he wants to align state policy with the Honolulu sit-lie ban. The City of Honolulu banned sitting and lying down in the tourist hotspot Waikiki and other areas in 2014.
But Choy says when the city enforces its ban, homeless people move to nearby state land. He says business owners in his district have complained that people living under a freeway have vandalized their buildings.
Attorney Eric Tars from the National Law Center on says sitting and sleeping are basic human needs and not everyone has a place to rest.