Legislators propose penalties for noisy businesses

There’s a lot of noise over bill being looked over at the state Capitol that wants to tighten noise rules for establishments like restaurants and bars.

The bill sets standards for acceptable noise levels for establishments on Oahu.

If businesses are louder than those standards, they could get their liquor license pulled.

Many in the industry say the standards are unrealistic and not needed.

“I’ve been in the bar business since 1979 here in Hawaii. Had live bars, live music every night I have 365 days a year with music and I have no complaints,” said Hawaii Bar Owners Association spokesperson Bill Comerford.

Some residents in Chinatown where there are many late night bars, welcome the new rules saying the area has become un-livable because of the noise.

A vote on the bill is this Friday, KHON2 will follow up on what happens.


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