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Hawaii lawmakers agree to end police sex loophole

Hawaii lawmakers in both chambers agree that legal permission for police to have sex with prostitutes should end.

House and Senate members are still negotiating on the version of House Bill 1926 they will send to the governor. But they agree that the crime bill should revoke a peculiar exemption that permits police to have sex with prostitutes.

Originally the bill would have ended the exemption. In February, the House Judiciary Committee amended the bill to preserve the exemption. The weakened bill passed the House. The Senate then amended the bill to end the loophole.

Democratic Rep. Karl Rhoads, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, said Thursday he wants to return to the bill's original language and bar police from engaging in sex or sadomasochistic acts with prostitutes.