The Senate Water and Land Committee, chaired by Sen. Laura Thielen, has set a hearing for 2:45 p.m., April 17, to consider the appointment of Suzanne Case to lead the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Unlike Gov. David Ige’s last nomination for that job, Carleton Ching, this one is expected to clear the committee with ease and go on to pass the full Senate. That’s because Case is an environmentalist as opposed to a lobbyist for land developers.

The committee held a grueling two-day hearing last month on Ching before voting 5-2 against the appointment. Ige withdrew the nomination moments before the full Senate was set to vote on it.

Ige just announced his choice of Case on Tuesday. Read Civil Beat’s coverage here.

Governor David Ige and DLNR nominee Suzanne Case before announcement of DLNR candidate. 7 april 2015. photograph by Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gov. David Ige listens as DLNR nominee Suzanne Case talks during a press conference Tuesday.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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