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Kauai's mayor faces Thursday deadline for GMO bill

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Kauai's mayor is waiting until the last minute to decide whether to sign a bill regulating the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops by large agricultural businesses.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. has a Thursday deadline.

County spokeswoman Beth Tokioka told The Garden Island the mayor will announce his decision in a press release on Wednesday or Thursday.

The Kauai County Council passed the bill by a 6-1 vote about two weeks ago.

The bill would require Kauai's largest agricultural companies to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops.

It would also establish pesticide-free buffer zones around schools, hospitals, homes and other areas and require the county to conduct a study on the health and environmental impacts of the industry.

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