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House votes unanimously to repeal public land agency

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:09 p.m. HST, Feb 14, 2013

State House lawmakers, acknowledging that they made a mistake two years ago in creating the Public Land Development Corp., voted unanimously today to repeal the law.

The PLDC was granted broad exemptions from land use regulations to attract private developers to projects on underused state lands. But the state agency has not developed a single project because of public opposition.

"We all make mistakes, and it was a mistake that we passed it out. And we're glad that (we were) able to rectify it — not all the time it happens," House Speaker Joseph Souki told reporters after the vote. "And this Legislature was very courageous to listen to the public and to admit that it made a mistake."

The state Senate Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a hearing for Friday morning on a PLDC repeal.

Senate President Donna Mercado Kim said the Senate will likely vote for its version of a PLDC repeal or the House version.

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false wrote:
BS Souki and Kim. You folks knew very well what you passed last year and since the legislature wasn't about to get away with it now you repeal it. There was absolutely no conscience last year when most of you if not all of you with Sen. Dela Cruz and the Governor gloating over it passage. The people weren't as dumb as you took them for, Maybe the voters will finally wake up in 2014. But we'll just have to wait and see.
on February 14,2013 | 01:36PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
The public spoke loud and clear. Souki says everyone makes mistakes but if not for the public outcry, PDLC would be alive and doing Hawaii disservice.
on February 14,2013 | 01:36PM
LanaUlulani wrote:

GREAT NEWS! But I wish they would STOP calling it "public lands." It is NOT public lands. It is CROWN LANDS.

Our kupuna never ceded any land or title to anyone else or to any entity. Please stop lying and stealing. It teaches LOCAL kids to do the same.

Mahalo to ALL who voted to repeal the PLDC though. It is much appreciated!!!


on February 14,2013 | 01:40PM
false wrote:
ok, ok, for you crown lands. Just glad this thing is over. This one is going to bite the governor in the okole.
on February 14,2013 | 02:21PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Good move!
on February 14,2013 | 03:07PM
hanoz808 wrote:
on February 14,2013 | 03:12PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Well done. All it took was screaming and yelling and shaking fists at the politi-weasels until they realized it was a bone head plan from the start. But at least they saw the light!
on February 14,2013 | 03:40PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Did they PASS any other bills today? Because dem some sneaky buggas..
on February 14,2013 | 06:46PM
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