Kaua‘i Permit Case Skewers Notion That DOT Doesn’t Need Supervision

posted in: May 2016 | 0

House Bill 2408 and Senate Bill 2937, which proposed transferring to the state Department of Transportation the authority to approve its own revocable permits, stalled out this legislative session. And that may be a good thing, given recent revelations over the way the DOT has handled some of its airport permits.

In 1993, the state Board of Land and Natural Resources delegated authority to DOT to issue revocable permits, but it was later determined the delegation was “not proper,” according to testimony DOT submitted to the state Legislature. The proposed legislation, the DOT wrote, “clarifies the statutes to allow the . . .

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