HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2607

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2020

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO PUBLIC ORDER.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that witnessing other individuals urinating and defecating in public frightens and offends many people. These behaviors also create a public health risk because of the spread of diseases and other health hazards stemming from human waste. These health concerns, along with the smell associated with public urination and defecation, can often discourage people from patronizing establishments located in business districts.

The legislature further finds that Act 84, Session Laws of Hawaii 2004, established the offense of urinating or defecating in public and was limited to the downtown Honolulu area but was repealed on December 31, 2016.

The purpose of this Act is to prohibit public urination or defecation in business districts.

SECTION 2. Chapter 711, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"711-    Urinating or defecating in a public place. (1) A person commits the offense of urinating or defecating in a public place if the person intentionally or knowingly urinates or defecates in a public place or any area where it is likely to be observed by any member of the public within the boundaries of a business district.

(2) This section shall not apply in cases where the person failed to use a restroom or other toilet facility because of a medical condition verified by a licensed physician.

(3) This section shall not apply to a person urinating or defecating while using appropriate fixtures in any restroom or other toilet facility designed for the sanitary disposal of human waste.

(4) Urinating or defecating in a public place is a violation punishable by a fine of no more than $100.

(5) As used in this section:

"Business district" means the territory contiguous to and including a highway when within any six hundred feet along such highway there are buildings in use for business or industrial purposes, including but not limited to hotels, banks, or office buildings, and public buildings which occupy at least three hundred feet of frontage on one side or three hundred feet collectively on both sides of the highway.

"Public place" means any publicly-owned or privately-owned property open for public use or to which the public is invited for entertainment or business purposes, including but not limited to any street, sidewalk, driveway, alley, doorway, mall, plaza, park, public building, or parking lot."

SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.


 


 

Report Title:

Penal Code; Urinating or Defecating in a Public Place; Business District

 

Description:

Establishes the offense of urinating or defecating in a public place within business districts. Takes effect on 7/1/2050. (HD1)

 

 

 

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