Councilwoman wants to do study of Kauai GMO law

Councilwoman wants to do study of Kauai GMO law

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A Kauai County councilwoman wants to move forward with a study of an ordinance restricting the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops even though a federal judge recently struck down the law.

Last month's ruling prevents the county from enacting the ordinance. Councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura says the county should press forward with an environmental and public health study anyway.

County spokeswoman Beth Tokioka says the administration's understanding of the ruling is that it prevents the county from moving forward with any aspect of the ordinance.

The Garden Island reports the county council is expected to be briefed in executive session Wednesday to determine whether to appeal the judge's decision.

The ruling stems from a lawsuit by four seed companies seeking to block the ordinance from going into effect.

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