House unanimously repeals Public Land Development Corporation

By Catherine Cruz
Published On: Feb 14 2013 05:37:00 PM HST

It's almost curtains for the state's Public Land Development Corporation.

HONOLULU -

Public outcry started on day one.

The PLDC was supposed to fast track the development of public lands something that would pad the state coffers.

Voters expressed their outrage from the Big Island to Kauai.

"It worked out that the public mobilized more than on any issue I have seen in 23 years," said Rep. Cynthia Thielen.

Lawmakers took a stab at bills to try and fix the structure of the PLDC, but the damage to the public trust was done.

"Overwhelmingly, people said you can try as hard as you can to fix it,  but the reality is we don’t trust what is going on, you have to wipe it out," said Rep. Cindy Evans.  

Now, just a third of the way into the legislative session, House lawmakers took a history-making vote unanimously repealing the law.

They admit they blew it last year, passing a bad bill.

Now they're making good on a pledge to pull the plug.

"We kept our promise, we repealed the bill. We all make mistakes and it was a mistake," said House Speaker Joe Souki.

The political fallout may not be over yet.

Other bills to develop public school campuses and parks and harbors are still in play.

"There is a PLDC harbors and PLDC for schools. So, as we speak about killing the PLDC, there are some of its keiki that are still out there that we need to  be alert to," said Rep. Gene Ward.

”Sometimes you hit the mark, and sometimes you don’t. The questions is, what do we do to finance what we need," said Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

It's a question lawmakers are trying to figure out.

The PLDC bills in the senate still have a ways to go. They have passed the Water and Land committee and will be heard in the Senate Ways and Means committee Friday.

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