By Derrick DePledge
Lawmakers on the House Water and Land Committee and the House Economic Development and Business Affairs Committee modified the projects that the new authority would oversee in a five-year pilot.
The committees dropped references to Maui for a potential film studio, so the studio could be located on any island, and allowed all four counties to initiate projects, rather than just one county.
Rep. Marcus Oshiro, who represents Wahiawa, made an appeal for the Wahiawa redevelopment project listed in the bill.
Some of the activists -- and a few lawmakers -- who have criticized the Public Land Development Corp. also oppose a new PPPA, even though the new authority would not have any PLDC-like land use exemptions.
The bill now goes to the House Finance Committee, but its future in the House is uncertain.
House Majority Leader Scott Saiki told the Star-Advertiser's editorial board Wednesday that the PPPA faces an "uphill battle" because of the fallout from the PLDC.