He said that it's hard to know how the court would interpret the state constitutional provision for the right to privacy in terms of this bill, but that based upon privacy-related court precedents, the law would be unnecessary.
The bill has only been introduced and referred to committee; lawmakers haven't set a date to discuss it yet. While 18 of 25 of the state's senators have signed on, including the Senate majority leader, it's unclear whether the bill would stand a chance in the House.
Hawaii House Majority Leader Scott Saiki said he supports the idea of protecting celebrities' privacy but thinks the bill should be more specific.
"'In a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person' — what does that mean?" Saiki said.
He said he thinks the bill needs substantial amendments to make sure it's enforceable.
English said he believes the bill is constitutional. He said the state has a provision in its constitution to protect the right to privacy.
"Generally, we've respected people's privacy, but we have a different time now," English said.
Like other destinations, Hawaii has a steady stream of high-profile visitors. President Barack Obama vacations on Oahu once a year with his family, while Lance Armstrong escaped to the Big Island last month after a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in his home state of Texas.
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