After receiving House Bill 1133 from the state Legislature, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the measure into law Monday, thereby repealing chapter 171C, Hawaii Revised Statues, relating to the Public Land Development Corporation.
"As with any new law, public understanding and support are essential. In the case of the PLDC, best intentions and the potential for public good could not be reconciled with public concerns," said Abercrombie.
"After several months of unrelenting push back by the public for a repeal of the Public Land Development Corp., all I can say is Amen," said Mahina Martin of PLDC Watch Maui and a member of the Hawaii Alliance, a statewide coalition formed to repeal Act 55, the law that created the PLDC.
The PLDC has been controversial since its inception two years ago. The legislature created the PLDC to oversee the growth of state-owned land. But, residents were worried about the power the agency could have.
During state-hosted public hearing across the state, many residents were calling for the repeal of the agency altogether.