Thursday, April 09, 2020
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Legislative Maneuver Sends PLDC to Secret Conference Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 4514 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Prolonging the Agony


by Sen. Laura Thielen March 19, 2013  

It’s like she can’t help herself.  

The Senate supports a clean repeal of the PLDC.  We passed a repeal bill in the first half of session.  But since our bill title didn’t match the contents, we have to pass the House bill to repeal the PLDC.  

So there we are in committee today listening to the PLDC repeal bill.  We have more testimony in support of this bill than I have seen on any other bill this session.  All we have to do is pass the bill unamended, and we can move the PLDC repeal along to the final step. 

And then Senator Solomon announces she want to amend the bill.  


An amendment means the bill has to go back to the House, and possibly to conference committee (the graveyard of many a bill).  

Why?, I ask.  

The first reason I’m given is to protect the three people working for the PLDC.  The House bill doesn’t transfer their positions to DLNR, and she wants to do that.  

“No problem,” I say.  All three positions are “Exempt” positions.  That means they have no civil service protections.  I’ll skip the boring technical stuff, but what that means is you can transfer the positions in the budget.  You don’t need to amend the bill.  No one misses a day of work; no one loses anything; we can pass the House bill and move the repeal out right away.  No threat of conference committee, no prolonging the agony, no more uncertainty.  

That’s when the Chair says she thinks the bill may need to go to conference committee.  


Why? I ask again.  

Some random dialogue ensures, then a minute later she says she wants to amend the bill to “protect the Senate position.”  I have no idea what that means.  

At that point, I made a motion to adopt the House bill as written, which was seconded by one Senator.  The Chair gavels me out of order, and tempters flare further.  Suffice to say, being Irish has its disadvantages.  

Not to prolong readers’ agony, the ultimate result is the Committee did not support overruling the Chair’s recommendation.  We adopted an amendment that replaced the House bill with the contents of the Senate bill repealing the PLDC.  One fellow Senator and I voted yes with reservations.  Reservations about any amendment, but “yes” because this bill is the only PLDC repeal vehicle remaining this session.  

So now the PLDC repeal bill has to go back to the House.  The House can accept the changes, or the bill goes to conference committee, where it awaits an uncertain fate.  If the bill goes to conference committee, the Chair of Water Land will be the Chair of the Senate conference committee.  If we’ve seen this kind of bad behavior when in open session, imagine what will take place behind the conference committee doors.  

Out of all that unprecedented amount of testimony we received, only one single testifier supported keeping the PLDC.  One.  EVERY OTHER TESTIFYER SUPPORTED PASSING THE BILL.  

Either this tomfoolery is a last gasp at trying to retain some leverage in conference committee, or some bewildering attempt to salvage something out of the PLDC despite overwhelming opposition.  

Readers, please voice your opinions.  You have made a big difference this session.  As I’ve repeatedly said, it ain’t over till the job is done.  And today’s tricks have prolonged the job.  

Write in and tell Senators what you think, and (respectfully) ask that the majority get this repeal finished now, without letting this Chair make more trouble in conference committee.  



PR: Procedural drama


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940


ACA Signups Hawaii



Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii



Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust 

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube


Hump Day Report

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes


Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii


National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii