Kauai council mulls another agriculture measure

Kauai council mulls another agriculture measure

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The Kauai County Council this month will consider a proposal that would further regulate large agricultural companies.

But The Garden Island newspaper reports there's disagreement over whether it is a charter amendment or ordinance.

The distinction matters in part because a charter amendment petition only needs signatures from 5 percent of registered voters. Those proposing an ordinance or referendum must collect signatures from 20 percent of voters.

The county attorney's office says the proposal submitted by the group Kauai Rising doesn't meet the requirements of a charter amendment. Deputy County Attorney Mona Clark says it's legislation masked as an amendment.

The measure would require agrochemical companies to prove their operations are safe. It would require the companies to pay for the cost of regulating and monitoring the industry.

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