By Derrick DePledge
The state Senate voted Thursday to move a bill that would require the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to prepare annual reports to the governor and Legislature and would establish regulatory standards for geothermal development.
Despite the concern among senators about how the bill was amended in committee, the bill cleared the Senate in a 24 to 1 vote. Sen. Josh Green was the only dissenter.
The Senate had amended the bill on Tuesday to add a defective date, thus ensuring it would go to a House-Senate conference committee and the public would have more time to review the draft.
A second amendment deleted references to a mediation process in geothermal development disputes. Sen. Russell Ruderman, who was critical of the process senators had used to amend the bill in committee, proposed the change on the floor.