Hawaii lawmakers push school land development

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Representatives from three House committees have moved forward a plan to let Hawaii raise revenue by developing public school lands.

The committees on Friday approved a bill to allow up to five schools to develop extra land through private-public partnerships.

The vote was contentious, with some lawmakers saying the proposal is too reminiscent of the state's highly criticized public land agency.

The full House voted to repeal the land agency Thursday, bowing to vocal opponents of the organization who say the agency has too much power over state lands.

Rep. Cindy Evans says amendments added to the school-related proposal ensure that local communities have control over what developments take place.

The bill next goes to the full House for a vote.

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