Federal appeals court to hear county GMO bans

Federal appeals court to hear county GMO bans

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Three county laws in Hawaii restricting the cultivation of genetically modified crops that were invalidated by a federal judge are set to go before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

West Hawaii Today reports that the federal appeals court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the cases on Wednesday from attorneys representing Hawaii, Maui and Kauai counties.

The judges who oversaw the federal district court cases had invalidated the county bans on GMOs and ruled that state law pre-empts county law on the issue.

Hawaii and Kauai counties had their anti-GMO laws struck down in 2014, while Maui's ban was thrown out in 2015.

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