Hawaii empowers counties to limit short-term rentals

The bill was passed by overwhelming margins and is expected to be signed by the governor.
Signs asking people to respect locals and that “Lahaina is not for sale” are seen on the side of the Lahaina Bypass, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson, File)

Hawaii’s Democratic-controlled legislature on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to let counties phase out short-term vacation rentals in a bid to ease the state’s dire housing shortage.

The Senate passed the bill 22-3 and the House passed it 46-5. Hawaii Gov. Josh Green (D) has said he’ll sign it.

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