The commercial star of Hawaii’s biggest program is now free to sign with any team, with only one exception: The state’s governor.
Neil Abercrombie has signed into law a measure that will allow athletes to make their own contracts without having to pay for them.
The legislation, which takes effect this summer, would require athletes to sign contracts with a third-party agent to guarantee they’ll be paid.
It’s the first such law in the country, according to the Associated Press.
It also removes any legal restrictions on athletes making their own deals and is the first of its kind in the United States, according the AP.
Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington also have laws governing athletes making contracts with agents.
The Hawaii legislation was written by Hawaii Attorney General Mark Peduto, and was approved by the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature, according state Rep. Jim McElveen, a Republican who represents the state capital of Honolulu.
Hawaiian athletes could opt to sign on for the full six-year contract with an agent for the first year, Peduto said.
The second year would be capped at $3 million.
The governor said in a statement that it’s “the right thing to do” and he plans to sign it.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.