Hawaii lawmakers consider GMO, pesticide bills

Published: Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - State lawmakers are considering legislation regarding genetically modified crops and pesticides now that several counties have taken steps to regulate them.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Sen. Clarence Nishihara hopes the governor will make clear the state has the authority to pre-empt the county initiatives.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Nishihara will likely propose a state pre-emption bill next year if Gov. Neil Abercrombie doesn't take the lead.

House Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Rep. Jessica Wooley opposes state pre-emption unless it's part of a broader agreement with the counties and others on regulating genetically modified organisms.

She says the courts will likely decide whether the county laws are legal.

Senate environment committee Chairman Sen. Mike Gabbard is looking at bills requiring labeling for genetically modified foods and greater disclosure of pesticide use.

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