Hawaii puts a cork in it
As of Jan. 1, public housing residents in Hawaii will have to keep their drinking indoors. Act 34, which was signed by Gov. Linda Lingle in April but which took effect last month, prohibits the consumption of alcohol in any public sidewalk or common areas, such as rooftops, halls and stairways, inside public housing projects. According to the governor’s press release, drinking in the projects’ common areas has been a long-standing problem, and the new law confirms the police’s authority to take action when public drinking is reported.