Monday, April 22, 2013
Governor Signs PLDC Repeal
Today, the Governor signed into law HB1133 which repeals the Public Lands Development Corporation (PLDC).
Early in the 2013 legislative session, Hawaii Island Representative Cindy Evans (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala) introduced HB1133 calling for an outright repeal of the PLDC.
Evans noted that by repealing the PLDC, lawmakers changed the work of the 2011 Legislature."I believe we have listened to the people and responsibly debated HB 1133. This action is an act for ethical management of our natural resources," Evans said.
House Majority Leader Scott Saiki (McCully, Kaheka, Kakaako, Downtown) voted against the original 2011 legislation that created the PLDC. Previously, in voting to repeal the corporation he said, "We know that government plays a pivotal role in facilitating economic development, but that entails responsible development. The PLDC failed because it went too far and unchecked."