Kauai County delays vote on agriculture bill

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A Kauai County Council vacancy has been filled to allow for a vote overriding the mayor's veto of a bill requiring large farms to disclose pesticides and genetically modified crops.

The Garden Island Mason Chock was selected Friday as the seventh council member.

The agriculture bill question had been delayed until the vacancy was filled. Chock will be the swing vote on the divisive bill opposed by large farms and agriculture companies.

Bill supporters need five votes to override.

Chock is expected to be sworn in Saturday, in time for the vote.

The measure also would require buffer zones around schools and other sensitive areas and a study on the industry's effects on health.

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