11/14/2011: Article from the Sun News Hawaii by Brian Anderson. Perhaps Bill 55 Will Be Defeated.
A Quieter O'ahu cannot, however, agree with Mr. Anderson that noise meters are the answer. They've been tried again, and again in various municipalities and proven unsuccessful as enforcement tools. The "Plainly Audible Standard" that we discuss on this site is more reasonable, and has successfully withstood court challenges in many municipalities stateside where this standard has been adopted. Too, to suggest that "…trying to make a living.." is license to create as much noise as you want just doesn't pass muster. That's like saying if you need to commit other more aggravated crimes that impact society "to make a living" then your actions are somehow justified. Nonetheless, Mr. Anderson't article is provided below.
The Sound Ordinance rewrite known as Bill 55, was given a rebuff by the Committee on Safety, Economic Development and Government Affairs yesterday October 11,2011 at Honolulu Hale. The bill was intended to discriminate against street artists primarily and their first amendment expressive rights. the Waikiki Improvement Association sponsored the Bill and wants to curb noise in Waikiki.
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