Honolulu extends ban on sitting, lying in certain districts

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HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council wants sitting and lying down on sidewalks to be prohibited in more parts of town.

The council voted 7-2 on Wednesday to expand the city's so-called "sit-lie" ban to encompass more areas where homeless camp, including the banks of Kapalama Canal.

The city already bans sitting and lying down in Waikiki, Chinatown and other commercial areas.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke says the mayor hasn't decided if he'll sign the bill. He says some have expressed concerns the bill is too broad and will be challenged in court.

The current ban covers sidewalks adjacent to businesses. The new bill adds sidewalks across the street from businesses, a promenade in Chinatown and the banks of a canal.