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Governor signs repeal of Public Land Development Corp.

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:41 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2013

<br />Craig T. kojima / ckojima@staradvertiser.com<br />Gov. Neil Abercrombie, left, has asked William Aila, chairman of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources, to discuss criticisms of administrative rules for the new Public Land Development Corp.<br />

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill to repeal the Public Land Development Corporation, erasing the two-year-old law before the agency developed a single project.

“As with any new law, public understanding and support are essential,” Abercrombie said in a news release Monday. “In the case of the PLDC, best intentions and the potential for public good could not be reconciled with public concerns.”

The Legislature gave final approval to a repeal of the PLDC this month.

Created in 2011, the PLDC was to work with the private sector on development projects on underused state land. Opponents, including environmentalists, some Native Hawaiian goups and labor activists, attacked it as a government overreach, citing the broad exemptions from land-use regulations granted to the PLDC.

Following demonstrative opposition during the public rule-making process for the agency, lawmakers who had voted overwhelmingly for the PLDC two years ago uniformly agreed to abandon the agency.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Later the Governor said, "Well, we did our best to snooker the public, push this turkey through and guarantee a new level of campaign contributions but then some people woke up."

"No worries", he added, "We'll get the PLDC-LITE pushed through and scroo them even better the next time."

on April 22,2013 | 06:51PM
Changalang wrote:
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on April 22,2013 | 07:56PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Some goods is greater than others. :)
on April 22,2013 | 09:26PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Our city and state politicians bears close scrutiny in whatever they do. They have proven time and again that doing what's best for the public is not in their agenda.
on April 23,2013 | 07:31AM
Mediocrates wrote:
Now will voters remember those who pushed the PLDC through the first time?
on April 23,2013 | 08:03AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
If Abercrombie had combined this bill with the contraception bill he could have prevented this whole abortion.
on April 23,2013 | 08:20AM
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