Kauai County Council approves legal appeal funding

Kauai County Council approves legal appeal funding

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The Kauai County Council is approving additional funding to appeal a court ruling saying state law pre-empts a county law regulating pesticides and genetically modified crops.

The Garden Island newspaper reported the council voted 5-1 Wednesday to approve the county attorney's request for additional money.

The Honolulu law firm representing the county has offered to waive future legal fees beyond the $210,000 previously authorized.

That means the county would pay no more than $12,750 for an appeal even if the case were to go all the way to the Supreme Court.

Councilman Gary Hooser said the firm's offer was "generous" and shouldn't be turned down.

Councilman Ross Kagawa cast the lone dissenting vote. He says the law the county is defending has "significant legal problems."

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