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Bill to give $600M to DHHL advances

The latest version of a bill to set aside $600 million to provide homes for Native Hawaiians was recommended by a conference committee on Thursday afternoon.

House Bill 2511 would appropriate the funds for the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for lot development, purchase of lands and units and mortgage and rent relief, according to a news release from the state House of Representatives. The bill also includes a three-year lapse date, subject to reporting and evaluation of progress by the Legislature.

“This year, because of our unexpected financial situation, we are making an unprecedented investment to provide homes for Native Hawaiians, even beyond DHHL lands,” said Rep. Sylvia Luke, chairperson of the House Finance Committee and House co-chairperson for the conference committee.

The conference committee, which was created to resolve differences between the last House and Senate version of the bill, included six representatives and four senators, including Central Maui Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran.

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