November 13th, 2012

The Public Land Development Corp. made a deliberate decision on Tuesday to allow only two of its five board members to hear public testimony on the latest draft of administrative rules.

William Aila, the director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, who serves on the board, said the PLDC received a verbal opinion from the state Office of Information Practices that all board members could attend the meeting without violating the state’s open meetings law. The law generally prohibits more than two board members from discussing matters relating to official board business outside of board meetings.

But Aila said a PLDC attorney cautioned against allowing more than two board members to attend the meeting, because someone could later allege that the administrative rules were adopted improperly. Several activists have threatened lawsuits against the PLDC.

The public hearing on Tuesday, which lasted nearly four hours, was to hear testimony on administrative rules. It was not a PLDC board meeting.

“In an abundance of caution, we decided that we would just have no more than two members here,” Aila said.

2 Responses to “Sunshine”

  1. NikkiHeat:

    What a crock. What’s to insure that all of the PLDC board members are aware of the testimony on the rules they will be adopting at a later meeting? And what’s up with only an Oahu meeting before PLDC holds a board meeting to ramrod adoption of the amended rules? Are only Oahu lands gonna be transferred from DLNR to PLDC- I thought some Big Island lands near one of the boat harbors got moved by the legislature last session. Neil says give PLDC one chance. Well, REPEAL the damn thing if this is how PLDC intends to operate.

  2. ohiaforest3400:

    Just wait ’til Neil and the PLDC spring redevelopment of the Natatorium into a commercial adventure that excludes local residents and consumes all the available parking and you’ll see to what ends a well-intended law can be put when it’s full of loopholes so large that little bald men can walk thru without bending over.

    The rest of us will be getting bent over, that’s for sure.

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