The Committees on Water & Land (WAL) and Finance (FIN) heard 6 bills relating to the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC). There was a large turnout for the hearing, with testimony being heard well into the afternoon. The Committees will reconvene for Decision Making Monday at 1:30pm in Conference Room 325.
Following today’s public hearing, WAL Chair Cindy Evans (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala) said, “the public, in oral and written testimony, voiced its displeasure with the PLDC with an overwhelming number of people calling for repeal of the act. We will have our recommendation on the best way to move forward on Monday afternoon.”
A bill relating to public school redevelopment, which Governor Abercrombie personally delivered testimony on, was also heard at this morning’s hearing. WAL and FIN were joined by the Committee on Education to hear HB865. Decision Making on the bill was also deferred to Monday at 1:30pm.