Kauai County Council overrides Mayor’s veto on GMO bill
KHON 2 Hawaii
The Kauai County Council voted to override Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.’s veto on Bill 2491: Relating to Pesticides and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The hearing, held at the county building in Lihue, lasted about an hour and a half.
Bill 2491, co-introduced by Councilmembers Gary Hooser and Tim Bynum, requires the disclosure of pesticide use and genetically modified crops.
The council had passed the bill on Oct. 16 after a 14 hours of discussion with a 6-1 vote, and Mayor Carvalho vetoed the bill on Oct. 31 citing legal concerns.
The bill now becomes law and will take effect in nine months.