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Hawaii lawmaker proposes change to law on abandoned vehicles

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    Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates

A Hawaii state representative has proposed a law that he says would help reduce the islands’ overwhelming number of discarded vehicles.

Hawaii News Now reported Tuesday that Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates’ bill would change current language that says counties “may” dispose of abandoned vehicles. The bill aims to change may to “shall,” which would increase counties’ responsibilities to dispose of abandoned vehicles.

Counties would have to remove unsightly vehicles within 10 business days of receiving a complaint.

Gates has also co-sponsored a bill that would create a fund encouraging the state and county to work together to solve the abandoned vehicles issue.

In May, Honolulu tow company officials said they’re running out of room to store the discarded automobiles.

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