Mayor signs bills into law related to homelessness

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed three bills into law Tuesday, all related to homelessness.

It will now be illegal to sit or lie on public sidewalks in Waikiki, as well as urinate or defecate along parts of Waikiki and all throughout Oahu.

Caldwell was joined by city council members and Waikiki business leaders as the bills were signed.

“(Sidewalks aren’t) built for someone to lie on for hours on end, sleep or take up space,” the mayor said. “They’re designed to be traversed on.”

Anyone found guilty of violating the new laws may face fines of up to a thousand dollars or 30 days in jail.

Honolulu police say they plan on giving verbal warnings about the so-called sit-lie bill first, then issue citations if the warnings are not obeyed.

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