Kauai County Council overrides veto of Bill 2491 - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Kauai County Council overrides veto of Bill 2491

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By a margin of 5-2, the  Kauai County Council voted to override Mayor Bernard Carvalho's veto of Bill 2491, which would force farmers to disclose pesticide use and regulate farmers who grow genetically modified crops.

Council members took the vote Saturday, two days after hearing from more than 100 people Thursday on the controversial measure.

The bill passed last month by a 6-1 vote in the council. Today's vote came a day after Mason Chock selected to fill a vacancy on the council created when Nadine Nakamura was appointed as the county's managing director.

The meeting included an appearance by Carvalho, who defended the veto and cautioned against possible litigation against it.

"Should you decide instead to override the veto, I will continue my consultation with various departments on how to best implement the bill," the mayor told the council. "However, we all know there's a high likelihood that the new law will be challenged in court."

Council member Mel Rapozo raised concerns about having a new member vote on the override, but Chock said he consulted with his family, county attorneys and the mayor before deciding to vote to override the veto.

"Some people had requested my recusal," said Chock. "I don't think that is an option within this office, and neither an option for me. If I've been given the opportunity to make a difference in the health of a child's life, I'm going to take it."

Opponents of the bill, including the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, expected the override. But HCIA Executive Director Alicia Maluafiti said she supporter the mayor's position to have voluntary disclosure of pesticide use and genetically modified crops. She also pointed to a new state program that's taking effect shortly.

"If the county council members had recognized the governor's program, the Department of Ag pesticide program, that that is going to be implemented December first, they could actually address the health and safety concerns expressed by the community immediately," said Maluafiti.

As for the possibility of court challenges, council member Gary Hooser dismisses the possibility.

"I cannot imagine these large corporations suing a tiny county like Kauai for the right to spray poisons next to schools," he said.

Council members Jay Furfaro, Tim Bynum, JoAnn Yukimura, Hooser and Chock voted in favor of the override. Rapozo and Ross Kagawa, who originally voted for the bill, voted no.

Hooser and other bill supporters say at least four environmental attorneys have offered to defend the county for free if there is litigation. Barring legal challenges, the measure will take effect in nine months.

 

 

Follow Ben Gutierrez:    

Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. 

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Six Hawaii post offices to be open this Sunday

    Six Hawaii post offices to be open this Sunday

    Saturday, December 16 2017 5:31 PM EST2017-12-16 22:31:54 GMT
    (Image: Hawaii News Now)(Image: Hawaii News Now)

    HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Postal Service announced that the following six Oahu Post Offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday to serve its seasonal increase in holiday customers. - Airport (Main) Post Office - Ala Moana Post Office - Kaneohe Post Office - Mililani Post Office - Waialae Kahala Post Office - Waipahu Post Office Postal officials expect Dec...

    More >>

    HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Postal Service announced that the following six Oahu Post Offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday to serve its seasonal increase in holiday customers. - Airport (Main) Post Office - Ala Moana Post Office - Kaneohe Post Office - Mililani Post Office - Waialae Kahala Post Office - Waipahu Post Office Postal officials expect Dec...

    More >>
  • Gay couple disagrees over consent to have child

    Gay couple disagrees over consent to have child

    Saturday, December 16 2017 4:57 PM EST2017-12-16 21:57:22 GMT
    (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)(Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

    HONOLULU (AP) - Attorneys for a divorced lesbian couple agree that consent to having a baby together is a crucial issue in their child support dispute but disagree over whether both spouses gave it.      The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in a case that national gay rights advocates say they're paying close attention to.      An attorney for the woman who wants to give up her parental rights says her client didn't agree to her then-wife get...

    More >>

    HONOLULU (AP) - Attorneys for a divorced lesbian couple agree that consent to having a baby together is a crucial issue in their child support dispute but disagree over whether both spouses gave it.      The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in a case that national gay rights advocates say they're paying close attention to.      An attorney for the woman who wants to give up her parental rights says her client didn't agree to her then-wife get...

    More >>
  • Modular housing units for homeless are on the move

    Modular housing units for homeless are on the move

    Saturday, December 16 2017 4:35 PM EST2017-12-16 21:35:18 GMT

    WAIANAE, Hawaii  – Modular housing units to be used to shelter those experiencing homelessness in Honolulu are scheduled to be moved to Waianae starting Monday.  The modular units will be placed on a parcel of land acquired by the city at 85-248 Farrington Highway next to the Maluhia Lutheran Church. The oversized loads will be escorted by special duty police officers and leave Honolulu Harbor at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wed...

    More >>

    WAIANAE, Hawaii  – Modular housing units to be used to shelter those experiencing homelessness in Honolulu are scheduled to be moved to Waianae starting Monday.  The modular units will be placed on a parcel of land acquired by the city at 85-248 Farrington Highway next to the Maluhia Lutheran Church. The oversized loads will be escorted by special duty police officers and leave Honolulu Harbor at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wed...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly