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'No lying down' bill has too many flaws


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 08, 2013

~~<p>A City Council bill that would outlaw lying down on a public sidewalk may be a well-intentioned effort to get street people into homeless shelters, but it contains so many enforcement and constitutional problems &mdash; including lack of buy-in from agencies that would implement it, and serious doubts that it will even work &mdash; that the measure should be shelved for now.</p>
<p>Clearly, chronic street people need the services of homeless shelters, where they have access to a range of social services, including mental-health care and drug and alcohol treatment. Bill 59 targets this population by punishing violators with a $50 fine per infraction &mdash; unless the person can &quot;provide to the citing or arresting officer evidence that on the date of the citation or arrest he or she attempted to obtain overnight accommodations from a homeless shelter &hellip; but was turned down.&quot;</p>
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A City Council bill that would outlaw lying down on a public sidewalk may be a well-intentioned effort to get street people into homeless shelters, but it contains so many enforcement and constitutional problems — including lack of buy-in from agencies that would implement it, and serious doubts that it will even work — that the measure should be shelved for now.

Clearly, chronic street people need the services of homeless shelters, where they have access to a range of social services, including mental-health care and drug and alcohol treatment. Bill 59 targets this population by punishing violators with a $50 fine per infraction — unless the person can "provide to the citing or arresting officer evidence that on the date of the citation or arrest he or she attempted to obtain overnight accommodations from a homeless shelter … but was turned down." Login for more...



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