The Hawaii House has voted unanimously to get rid of the highly disliked Public Land Development Corp., ending legislative debate on the agency that sparked a groundswell of public protest because of its broad power to develop state land.
Lawmakers voted Monday to get rid of the organization, which was denounced by county leaders and environmentalists for its ability to override county zoning and permitting laws.
Rep. Cindy Evans says the vote shows lawmakers' commitment to ethical management of Hawaii's natural resources.
She says the agency created in 2011 was a well-intentioned effort to raise revenue but that its exemptions went too far.
Lawmakers say they hoped the vote will help restore public trust in the Legislature. The bill now goes to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.