Hawaii County Council votes to accept GMO legal help

Hawaii County Council votes to accept GMO legal help

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii County Council has voted to allow attorneys from national advocacy groups Earthjustice and the Center for Food Safety to represent it for free as it defends a new law restricting the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.

West Hawaii Today reports the council voted 6-3 on Wednesday in favor of accepting legal help.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren invalidated the county's partial GMO ban in November, saying state law pre-empts county law on the issue.

The county plans to appeal the case. By accepting the free legal help, the county would only be liable for court costs up to $10,000.

North Kona Councilwoman Karen Eoff acknowledged that not all council members want to appeal. But she says the county should do the best it can with the expertise offered.

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