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Public deserves more disclosure of pesticide use


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 04, 2013

~~<p>Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho's rejection of a contentious bill that would restrict and monitor the use of pesticides by major agricultural and biotechnology companies should compel the state to move quickly into the void, whether or not the Kauai County Council overrides the mayor's veto as expected.</p>
<p>Carvalho insists that he agrees with the intent of Bill 2491, which the Council approved 6-1 on Oct. 16 after a marathon hearing, but that a comprehensive legal review of the measure by the county attorney's office made it clear to him that the county lacks the authority to enact the bill's major elements.</p>
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Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho's rejection of a contentious bill that would restrict and monitor the use of pesticides by major agricultural and biotechnology companies should compel the state to move quickly into the void, whether or not the Kauai County Council overrides the mayor's veto as expected.

Carvalho insists that he agrees with the intent of Bill 2491, which the Council approved 6-1 on Oct. 16 after a marathon hearing, but that a comprehensive legal review of the measure by the county attorney's office made it clear to him that the county lacks the authority to enact the bill's major elements. Login for more...



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