Hawaii News GMO petition decision due this week By Rosemarie Bernardo July 20, 2014 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! On Kauai Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. A petition calling for the regulation of the use of pesticides and growth of genetically modified crops on Kauai could face its demise at an upcoming meeting. The Kauai County Council will meet Wednesday to resume discussion on a revised petition submitted by Kauai Rising after the Council reached a 3-3 vote at a July 9 meeting on a motion to receive the petition. It calls for the regulation of pesticides sprayed on fields leased or owned by seed companies and the growth of GMOs. The group submitted 3,030 signatures to be verified by the Office of the County Clerk, Elections Division. Absent from the meeting was Councilman Mel Rapozo, who was attending the National Association of Counties’ annual conference in New Orleans. Rapozo’s vote in the upcoming meeting could mean the end of the petition process. "If it’s up to my vote, it’s going to be rejected," he said last week. At issue is whether the petition seeks a charter amendment or a new law by initiative, which would require four times as many signatures. "It’s clear to me that it’s an initiative," Rapozo said. "It doesn’t address the structure of government." In a written legal opinion, Deputy County Attorney Mona Clark called the petition "primarily local legislation as it pertains to the county’s relationship with third parties and not the form and structure of county government." County spokeswoman Sarah Blane said if the Council votes against receiving the revised petition and no action is taken by Kauai Rising, then the petition process dies. Under the proposal, agribusinesses would need to prove their operations are safe and do not pose a hazard to human health and the environment. It also would create an Office of Environmental Health. Bob Yuhnke, a consultant for Kauai Rising, said the county’s legal opinion was more of a political statement. "It doesn’t discuss and include any legal analysis of what is in the petition compared to what the Supreme Court said is appropriate for a charter amendment," he said. Previous Story Newswatch Next Story You row girl!