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Senate committee rejects governor’s economy director nomination


Mar 17, 2023

A state Senate committee rejected Gov. Josh Green’s appointment to lead the state’s Division of Enterprise, Monetary Improvement and Tourism on Thursday.

The Senate Committee on Energy, Monetary Improvement and Tourism voted 4-1 not to advise Chris Sadayasu, who has been acting director due to the truth appointment, for the position.

Regardless of the refusal of advisement, Sadayasu’s confirmation will nonetheless go ahead of the total Senate for final approval or denial.

The vast DBEDT oversees some of the state’s greatest projects which contains Aloha Stadium, tourism management, reasonably priced housing improvement and considerably a lot more.

Via the reasonably private hearing, senators questioned Sadayasu’s leadership of Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority contracts, in particular a move earlier this year, when Sadayasu took it into his hands to predicament a request for proposals for marketing and promoting the North America business, with no getting HTA consultation.

Senators also questioned Sadayasu’s commitment to the job. In 1 instance, Sen. Kurt Favella of Oʻahu spoke critically of Sadayasu leaving an HTA board meeting early in December for his father-in-law’s funeral.

Later in the hearing, committee Chair Sen. Lynn DeCoite of Maui described she was “concerned” with his spotty attendance, recounting an extra meeting in which the acting director left early to see the musical “Hamilton.”

“Yikes, you will have to have, in my opinion, planned higher,” DeCoite described.

An lawyer by trade, Sadayasu previously worked in the Division of the Lawyer Simple. Prior to that, he was a tourism brand manager for HTA.

“The decision to not suggestions and consent was not private. I feel the particular person has credential but in the process of attempting to handle diverse agencies, I am extremely concerned,” Decoite closed out the meeting.

Earlier this week, the related committee recommended the confirmation of DBEDT deputy director Dane Wicker.

This is the second of the governor’s cabinet appointees to sooner or later be rejected by the initial hearing committee.

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