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Posted: Thursday, April 17th, 2014 12:06 PM HST

Property seizure bill deferred

By Associated Press

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) County council members are postponing action on a bill that could affect property belonging to homeless people. Kona Councilman Dru Kanuha postponed the bill after hearing about a dozen people express concerns about the measure to allow the county to confiscate personal property left in public places.

Kanuha says the bill doesn't target the homeless. Others who testified disagreed. Commander David Carlson of American Legion Kona Post 20 says the county shouldn't be rough on the homeless because they can't handle it. He says taking away their possessions isn't helpful.

Public works officials say the bill came about because the department found personal property in a driveway leading to a base yard. Officials discovered there were no procedures to deal with the property.



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