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Hawaii lawmakers push forward school land bills

March 28, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are pushing forward an initiative to allow the state to develop school lands through public-private partnerships.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted to advance a proposal on Wednesday that would create a three-year pilot project under the lieutenant governor's office.

Three House committees approved a different version of the bill on Wednesday.

The idea of raising state revenue through school land development has gained momentum this session. Lawmakers in both chambers passed different versions of the initiative earlier this month.

But lawmakers disagree about details of the bill, such as how many initial pilot projects there should be and who should facilitate them.

Despite apparent consensus about the idea in the Legislature, some residents still oppose the initiative. They worry about how development might impact their communities.



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