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House of Representatives addresses Public Land Development Corporation

February 7, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The House Committee on Water and Land has scheduled a hearing on Saturday, Feb. 9, regarding the abolishment of the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) or alternatives to achieve the original intent to generate revenue from public land. In response to public frustration over the manner in which the PLDC was created, how its rules were promulgated, the broad powers granted to the organization, and the lack of public input and participation in that process, the House Committee on Water and Land will be hearing bills that will either repeal the PLDC altogether, amend, or start from scratch and create a new agency that will provide far greater community input and oversight. "As the Chair of Water and Land, I am approaching the issue from the standpoint of repeal," said Rep. Cindy Evans. "The PLDC cannot exist as is, something has to change. However, I am open to options and the most compelling argument will move forward."



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