LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The Kauai County Council has rejected a proposal that would have repealed a law regulating the use of pesticides and cultivation of genetically modified organisms by large-scale commercial agriculture companies.
Three dozen people testified in favor of upholding the law, citing a right to know what chemicals are being sprayed by companies and a need to test for possible correlations to health problems.
Councilman Ross Kagawa cast the lone vote in favor of repeal.
A federal court judge ruled the law invalid in August after determining state laws pre-empted the county law. Two separate appeals have since been filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
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