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Hawaii House votes to repeal public land agency

ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Members of the state House of Representatives have unanimously voted to repeal Hawaii's controversial state land development agency.

The full House vote Thursday comes four days after House committees approved the bill to repeal the Public Land Development Corp. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Chairwoman Cindy Evans of the House Committee on Water and Land says it's clear the community won't be satisfied with anything less than a full repeal.

County leaders and environmental groups have strongly opposed the agency.

They say the organization has too much power to develop Hawaii's lands because it can bypass county zoning and permitting laws.

Evans says the agency was well-intentioned but has tarnished public trust.

The organization was established in 2011 to develop state land through private-public partnerships.

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