During the September 6th full Council meeting at Kapolei Hale, my colleagues and I advanced several bills that may be of interest to Aiea residents:
Bill 70 (2017): This bill makes it illegal to smoke tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in motor vehicles while a minor is present. Bill 70 focuses on the safety and well-being of children exposed to second- hand smoke on a daily basis. This bill passed second reading at the September Council meeting and awaits further review by the Public Health, Safety, and Welfare Committee.
Bill 71 (2017): This bill regulates the use of polystyrene food containers, and requires all disposable food service containers to be made of compostable material to reduce plastic in the environment. Several testimonies in opposition were raised by food industry vendors, who testified that the bill unfairly characterizes polystyrene products that are not the same as foam products. This bill passed first reading at the September Council meeting and has been assigned to the Public Works, Infrastructure, and Sustainability Committee.
Bill 72, CD1 (2017): This bill prohibits camping at City-owned streams by amending the definition of “camping” to include the laying of bedding material as a dwelling or sleeping place. Based on concerns over homeless individuals setting up dwellings along streams and under bridges, Councilmember Kobayashi introduced the measure to address public safety hazards affecting individuals and neighboring property owners. Bill 72, CD1 passed second reading at last week’s Council meeting, and awaits further review by the Public Works, Infrastructure, and Sustainability Committee.
Please contact me at 768-5006, or at email@example.com if you have concerns regarding these measures.