Democrats authorize legal test of Thielen candidacy
By Derrick DePledge
May 31, 2012
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2007 July 26 CTY - Laura Thielen has been named the new Department of Land and Natural Resources director and will serve as interim until next Legislature, when the Senate has to confirm to keep her position. Former director Peter Young got thrown out by the Senate earlier this year. The position oversees 11 divisions that cover everything from historic preservation and the troubled Bureau of Conveyances to protecting the land, waters, plants and animals that make Hawaii special. Honolulu Star-Bulletin photo by Jamm Aquino.