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PLDC abolished

April 25, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The state House of Representatives on Monday, April 15, unanimously passed HB1133, SD2 that repeals the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC).

The bill now heads to the governor for his consideration.

The PLDC was created in 2011 to develop state lands through public-private partnerships and generate revenues for the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

However, growing public concern over the corporation's broad exemptions from land use laws, county zoning laws, and construction standards erupted into strong, statewide opposition and calls to repeal the PLDC.

Kihei Rep. Kaniela Ing issued the following statement on repeal of the PLDC:

"I would like to thank all who were involved in this process--from members of the public to the chairs of the various committees from both the House and the Senate. Over the past two years, we have held dozens of hearings and put in countless hours into making this happen, and we have come a long way to end up where we are now. I received hundreds of emails and phone calls about this issue. The public was engaged and our constituents' voices were heard. It is so great to be part of this more transparent legislature who has taken a great step to restore the public's trust in government, and I am extremely proud to have cast my vote to repeal the PLDC."



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