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UPDATE: Senate Amends PLDC Bill, Now Similar to House Version

April 1, 2013, 6:27 PM HST
* Updated April 2, 12:14 PM
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***Updated at 11:55 a.m. April 2.***

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means on Monday became the second Senate committee to approve a bill that would dissolve the Public Land Development Corp.

The committee voted unanimously to approve House Bill 1133 after reportedly amending the bill to remove a clause previously inserted by the Senate Committee on Water and Land to retain three PLDC staffers.

The change was designed to bring the bill more in line with the House’s version to avoid having the differences ironed out in a conference committee comprised of members of both houses.

There are still differences between the two dealing with special funds, however, which which the House would have to agree to avoid having the bill referred to conference.

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The House bill is one of two still alive in the Legislature that would repeal Act 55, the 2011 law that created the controversial agency.

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However, the other, Senate Bill 707, has been languishing in the House without a committee hearing since being sent over by the Senate on Feb. 19.

The PLDC was created in an attempt to establish public-private partnerships to generate revenue from state lands.

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