The Kauai County Council approved a bill to disclose pesticide use and genetically modified crops early Wednesday morning.
After 14 hours of discussion, the 6-1 vote was taken shortly after 3:30 a.m.
Councilmember Mel Rapozo was the dissenting vote.
The bill requires farms to disclose pesticides use and the presence of genetically modified crops if they use more than five pounds or 15 gallons of restricted use pesticides annually.
The bill also requires buffer zones near schools, homes medical facilities, public roads, and waterways. It takes effect in nine months.
The council rejected a request by Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. to defer the measure to allow discussions with the state on enforcement.
A resolution to implement an Environmental and Public Health Impacts Study (EPHIS), Resolution No. 2013-72, was deferred. This resolution was part of a past amendment as a replacement for an EIS.
- Transcripts of the 10/15 meeting
- Text of Bill 2491, Draft 1
- Original text of Bill 2491
- Transcripts of the 9/27 meeting (Part 1)
- Transcripts of the 9/27 meeting (Part 2)
- Kauai Council agendas, transcripts, and video
- Committee Chair Hooser's blog post on Bill 2491
- Kauai County GMO bill in front of full council for second reading
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