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Bill empowering Stadium Authority dies

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    Senate Bill 994, which would’ve given the Aloha Stadium Authority more power to redevelop the land parcel containing the stadium, died at the state legislature.

A bill that would have given the Aloha Stadium Authority expanded powers to redevelop the 98-acre parcel containing the current stadium met a prolonged and somewhat surprising death today.

Senate Bill 994 did not make it out of conference committee after five tries.

The bill, which supporters as recently as Thursday afternoon had thought likely to reach Gov. David Ige’s desk, was postponed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Today it was postponed again at its scheduled 2:30 p.m. meeting to shortly after 4 p.m., where Sen. Glenn Wakai, chairman of the combined House and Senate conference committee, finally announced its death on deadline day.

“This would have put everything in a nice package with a bow on it,” Authority chairman Ross Yamasaki said of the bills concerning the stadium.

“I don’t know what the hang-up is — there is no money (involved in the bill) — but Finance and Ways and Means (committees) were not giving me the green light,” Wakai said.

Had the measure cleared the conference committee it would have gone to a floor vote Tuesday, where passage would have sent it to Ige.

Wakai (D, Kalihi-Salt Lake-Aliamanu) said the bill would have been “nice-to-have, but not absolutely necessary for the Authority to go full force. The reality is that we’re not there yet (to determine redevelopment).”

Wakai said it was more important that House Bill 100, which would provide $10 million for an environmental impact statement and master planning, is going to the floor. “That is far more powerful (of a statement about the State’s intentions) than saying, ‘We give you these powers but we give you no money, so just sit tightly.’”

Senate Bill 994 will be up for reconsideration next session.

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