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No On Bill 54: Quick links to Bill 54 info

[updated 11/22/11 10:43am]


Just some quick links here to information about Bill 54 that might be useful for the final hearing currently scheduled for December 7, 2011, at Honolulu Hale.  Comments follow the links (all of which are to pdf files).

Bill 54
Bill Status (scroll down for links to submitted testimony)
The rest of the testimony (if all the testimony is missing from above, it's here) Use the drop down menu to scroll to the last couple of pages.
Minutes of the first hearing on Bill 54 on October 5
City Council hearing video archive

Submit testimony by email (preferably include your registered voter name and address)
Online speaker registration (for Dec 7 hearing)

This is being written on November 21, so things may have moved since today.

For information and help call City Council at 768-5010.  Navigating through the City Council docushare system is difficult.  I had help from Allyson Hong, Senior Council Information Specialist 768-3822.

Here's the for and against written testimony tally so far:


Particularly interesting in light of Honolulu Corporation Counsel signing off on the constitutionality of the bill are letters from ACLU attorney Daniel Gluck who says the opposite, and that the City runs the risk of enacting an ordinance that may incur substantial expenses to defend.  He mentions successful law suits against other cities for similar ordinances.

Note that Councilmember Nestor Garcia is the only one to vote against Bill 54 on the grounds that the homeless would be the first ones targeted.  Garcia has voted against criminalization of homelessness before.  He is the only Councilmember to stand up for the homeless.

My own opinion is that Occupy Honolulu would probably be the first ones targeted.  Police officers were overheard saying that once Bill 54 passed, Occupy Honolulu encampment could be cleared out.

Some background articles from CivilBeat.com
Honolulu Homeless Target of Belongings Ban? (10/11/11)
Sidewalk Bill Advances Despite Occupy (11/17/11)


See you on December 7.  That should be an easy date to remember.

H. Doug Matsuoka
Makiki, Honolulu (OMG the 6th District)
21 November 2011

Comments

  1. Do you know what time and in what room the December 7th meeting will be?

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  2. I don't know the time of hearing yet. Will post when I find out. I think they may schedule several bills for the day and take them one after the other.

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  3. ALERT BILL 54 HEARING IS MOVED TO 10 AM WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 6, 2011
    BE THEIR IN THE LOBBY FLOOR OF CITY HALE AT KING AND PUNCHBOWL TO DISCUSS WHATEVER ,
    CALL ME IF YOU NEED DIRECTIONS
    TELL EVERYONE TO COME THIS IS REAL IMPORTANT

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  4. I am the first anonymous. I think they meant dec 7 at 10am. That when it looks like these council meetings start.

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  5. http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-119359/120711%20Council%20Agenda.htm

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