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Hawaii Senate takes up Maui dancing bill

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:35 p.m. HST, Mar 04, 2013

Hawaii lawmakers are seeking to clarify a Maui County rule that limits where you can dance in places that serve liquor. 

The county’s liquor commission limits dancing to designated dance floors in bars and restaurants that sell alcohol. 

Maui residents have campaigned against the rule for years, arguing it infringes on their freedom of expression.

More than two-thirds of the Senate co-sponsored a bill that would require county liquor commissions to define the term “dancing” if they choose to regulate it.

Proponents of the measure say that it would erase the ambiguity surrounding the rule that allows for arbitrary enforcement. They say it’s an issue of constitutional rights.

The Maui Department of Liquor Control says the proposal is unnecessary because no businesses have been cited for violating the rule.

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primo1 wrote:
This is idiotic...our lawmakers can't find more important things to discuss?
on March 4,2013 | 02:18PM
primo1 wrote:
Our legislature hard at work...
on March 4,2013 | 02:22PM
loquaciousone wrote:
No lap dancing in Maui?
on March 4,2013 | 02:29PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Tonight's film is "Footloose". Oh wait, it's "Futless".
on March 4,2013 | 02:46PM
gtracer66 wrote:
My thoughts exactly! Some people who have a drink, just feel like dancing.
on March 5,2013 | 05:09AM
serious wrote:
The Jones Act---formal suggestion to our DC legislators that we want HI exempt from the bill and get of cost of living down. These no nonsense bills--what do normal people do?????
on March 4,2013 | 03:27PM
false wrote:
And next week there will be an emergency session of the state Legislature that will require one day a week to be named Tuesday!!!
on March 4,2013 | 07:59PM
Hawaiianbob wrote:
what??? Maui is not for real are they. A bill about where you can dance? What year is it? You guys can not be that backwards or can you?
on March 5,2013 | 02:40AM
bender wrote:
Dancing is a constittional right? Gimme a break.
on March 5,2013 | 04:48AM
hilopango wrote:
So if the music moves you and you feel like shaking your booty in your seat, you can be arrested??
on March 5,2013 | 08:43AM
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