Hawaii Governor Seeks A Legislative Fix For Public Land Development Corp

Sophie Cocke/ Civil Beat

Gov. Neil Abercrombie wants the Legislature to repair flaws in the Public Land Development Corporation or find another way to shore up state facilities and generate revenue for natural resources.

In a statement released Thursday, the governor said that proposed administrative rules for governing the agency may not be enough to quell public concerns about the PLDC’s powers.

In November, amid intense criticism from PLDC opponents, he asked William Aila, head of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, to meet with critics. The PLDC was in the process of developing rules to govern the agency. But many environmental and Native Hawaiian groups said that the rules weren’t going far enough to restrict the agency’s broad powers.

On Thursday, Abercrombie reiterated his strong support for the legislative intent of Act 55, which created the PLDC, but said that public support for the agency is important if it is going to move forward successfully.

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