HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge will hear arguments over how a lawsuit challenging Maui's ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms should proceed while state lawmakers consider bills that could affect the outcome of the case.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway is scheduled to hold a hearing in federal court in Honolulu on Tuesday.
Maui voters narrowly passed a ballot initiative creating a GMO crop ban law last year. It imposes a moratorium on GMO crops until scientific studies are conducted on their safety and benefits.
But bills currently before the state House and Senate would not allow counties to restrict farming and ranching practices not prohibited by federal or state law.