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Kauai council votes to override veto, is in favor of GMO bill

November 17, 2013
The Associated Press

LIHUE (AP) - The Kauai County Council has voted to override the mayor's veto of legislation that would require large farms to disclose the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops.

The council's 5-2 vote Saturday means the bill vetoed by Mayor Bernard Carvalho becomes law and goes into effect in nine months.

Among the council members casting the five votes needed to override the mayor's veto was Mason Chock, who was selected Friday to fill a vacancy created when Nadine Nakamura resigned.

After the vote Saturday, Carvalho said he would honor the council's vote and work with his department to determine how best to implement the law.

Backers of the legislation say it's needed to protect public health and the environment, but opponents say the measure is legally flawed.

 
 
 

 

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