HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Senate on Wednesday will decide whether to confirm Governor David Ige's controversial nomination to lead the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
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Last Thursday, the Senate's Water and Land Committee voted 5-2 against supporting Carleton Ching for the post. Ching has spent 12 years as a lobbyist for Castle & Cooke, one of the state's largest developers.
Opponents of the nomination say Ching, with his history of work in development, would be faced with conflicts of interest should he be approved for the new post.
Governor Ige disagrees.
"His primary driver will be to obey the law and the constitution of this state to provide protection for those most important cultural, natural and historic resources," Governor Ige said following last week's committee vote.
More than 1,000 pieces of testimony were submitted during committee hearings that spanned more than 14 hours over two days. The overwhelming majority of that testimony urged lawmakers to vote against Ching for the post.
Today's vote is expected to be the final decision on Ching's nomination.