The state Land Use Commission is one member closer to being able to meet again thanks to Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s decision Wednesday to appoint Jonathan Scheuer on an interim basis.

The commission’s work stalled earlier this month after five of its nine members quit in the days leading up to a new law taking effect July 8 that adds 15 boards and commissions, including the LUC, to the list of those that must file public financial disclosure statements.

Two other members’ terms expired June 30, leaving the commission with just two members. Scheuer’s appointment brings the commission up to three members, still short of the five it needs to have a quorum so it can conduct business.

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Gov. Neil Abercrombie addressing fellow Democrats at the party’s convention in late May.

Abercrombie also appointed Rona Fukumoto and Edwin Taira to the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation Board of Directors, which was on the cusp of being unable to meet due to vacancies created by members quitting over the disclosure law. The nine-member HHFDC now just has two vacancies.

“Filling vacancies on the Land Use Commission is a top priority for the administration right now so commissioners can resume decision-making,” Abercrombie said. “The appointments to HHFDC were expedited to avoid interruption of its duties.”

As of Friday, at least 26 people had resigned from nine state boards and commissions over the new law. The governor appointed three new members to the Board of Land and Natural Resources last week to fill vacancies on that board.

The LUC administers the statewide zoning law that classifies which lands are urban, rural, agriculture or conservation districts.

The HHFDC’s job is to increase and preserve the supply of workforce and affordable housing statewide, according to the governor’s office.

Read the bios of the new appointees, which are subject to Senate confirmation, on the governor’s website here

Read Civil Beat’s past coverage of the financial disclosure law here

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