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Developing our public land$

Concerns grow about the Public Land Development Corp., but the governor and others see positive potential

By Lee Catterall

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 28, 2012

~~<p>Quiet enactment of a law that the Abercrombie administration backs to create state-and-private partnerships for development projects has now erupted in vocal questioning, adamant protests and even calls for repeal. These concerns over the Public Land Development Corp.'s powers, its intent and jurisdiction, are prompting state lawmakers to reconsider their support heading into the next Legislature.</p>
<p>Some who voted for the proposal are prepared to support its repeal in the 2013 session, while others contend that the opposition has resulted from misinformation about the new PLDC agency, created by the Legislature in 2011. Gov. Neil Abercrombie has rejected the criticism on that basis, but opposition persists. A repeal would require two-thirds of each legislative chamber.</p>
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Quiet enactment of a law that the Abercrombie administration backs to create state-and-private partnerships for development projects has now erupted in vocal questioning, adamant protests and even calls for repeal. These concerns over the Public Land Development Corp.'s powers, its intent and jurisdiction, are prompting state lawmakers to reconsider their support heading into the next Legislature.

Some who voted for the proposal are prepared to support its repeal in the 2013 session, while others contend that the opposition has resulted from misinformation about the new PLDC agency, created by the Legislature in 2011. Gov. Neil Abercrombie has rejected the criticism on that basis, but opposition persists. A repeal would require two-thirds of each legislative chamber. Login for more...



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