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Public-private authority bill dies

April 27, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers have killed a measure that would have created a new agency called the Public-Private Partnership Authority.

A panel of negotiators met Friday and decided to defer the bill. Lawmakers could still take up the bill next year because Hawaii has a biennial session.

The proposal would have allowed the agency to coordinate with private companies to start three pilot projects, including building a new film studio.

Advocates of the measure have said it would help raise revenue for the state. Critics say the proposal was too similar to the state's existing public land development agency.



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