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U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz hires new chief of staff

Einhorn served as Schatz’s senior counsel for technology and communications policy where he focused on issues of data privacy and security, antitrust and intellectual property matters, according to a press release from Schatz’s office announcing the hire. Read more

Vacation rental bill awaits Ige’s signature

A bill that critics say will aid the proliferation of illegal vacation rentals in Hawaii narrowly passed the Senate on Tuesday following an emotional floor debate that centered on whether the state was forsaking good public policy to go after $46 million in potential revenue from unpaid transient accommodation taxes. Read more

Mike McCartney’s DBEDT nomination heading to Hawaii Senate

State Sen. Glenn Wakai recommended that the full Senate not confirm Mike Mc­Cartney to lead Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism during a hearing Monday, accusing him of poor communication with the Senate, lacking a vision for DBEDT, being short on details when it comes to policy matters and not following through on commitments. Read more

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