Hawaiian Lawmakers Vow to End Prostitution Exemption for CopsRebecca "Burt" Rose3/24/14 9:40amFiled to: hawaiiprostitution223EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkFollowing public outcry and a steady stream of testimony in the state Senate on Friday, lawmakers in Hawaii vowed to end an exemption which allows police officers to engage in sexual acts with prostitutes while in the course of their duties. House Bill 1926 was originally intended as a prostitution penalty reform bill. As it was originally written, the new bill would have removed the exemption altogether. However, following testimony from police officials, lawmakers in the House reinstated the provision and passed the bill, sending it on to the state Senate with the exemption back in place. Since then, advocates, policy experts and even other police officials have openly questioned and in some cases expressed outrage over the policy.