Tag Archives: GMO

The 3 most frequent questions about Bill 2491

#1 Question: The Council voted 6 to 1 in support, can the Mayor still veto Bill 2491? Answer: To be clear, the Mayor has the authority to veto regardless of how many votes the Council members cast in support.  The … Continue reading

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A Way Forward – Bill 2491

The kabuki unfolding in the Council Chambers has crossed over to the absurd.   We blast the State for its dereliction of duty, all the while pointing to them as our savior.  We bang on the State for their incompetence and … Continue reading

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Retired Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Joins Top Hawaii and National Attorneys In Support of Bill 2491 –

“We feel it would be unfortunate if the Council were to allow any well-financed opponent to determine public policy merely by threatening to sue. But if a vote is being based on the belief that the Bill will be struck … Continue reading

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At the end of the night, it was a very good day.

Last night, after an exhausting 12 hour meeting, the Kauai County Council Committee on Economic Development, Agriculture and Sustainability voted 4 to 1 to amend and to pass out of committee Bill 2491. The full Council will now consider and … Continue reading

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Next Steps For Bill 2491 – September 9 Committee Meeting

On the morning of Monday September 9, the Kauai County Council’s Committee on Economic Development (agriculture and sustainability) and Intergovernmental Affairs will conduct its next review and discussion of Bill 2491. The meeting will likely start at approximately 8:30am or … Continue reading

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A Short History Of Yesterday – Bill 2491 Relating to Pesticides and Genetically Modified Organisms

SB2491 has been deferred until September 9th when a meeting of the Economic Development Committee of the Kauai County Council will hold its second hearing.  This is confirmed and will not change.  The exact time and location will be announced … Continue reading

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The Truth About Bill 2491 Relating to Pesticides and Genetically Modified Organisms

As the author of Bill 2491 relating to Pesticides and Genetically Modified Organisms, I feel compelled to address the tremendous amount of misinformation being generated in the community as to its impacts and effects on our island community. To be … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB586HD2 relating to exempting gmo and large agribusiness infrastructure – Oops! Must have been a freudian slip…the actual title is Relating to Agricultural Building Permits

This measure SB586HD2 is scheduled for today Thursday April 18th. I am supporting the HD1 because it allows the Counties discretion to exempt only small structures on small farms. Aloha Conference Committee Members and Legislators, I respectfully ask you to … Continue reading

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An open letter to friends and former colleagues in the Senate:

March 13, 2013 Aloha Friends and Former Senate Colleagues, Good policy plus good politics – that elusive holy grail each of us who serve in public office seeks every day. What can we do that will make our communities better … Continue reading

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It’s Not About Eating The Corn

It’s not about eating the corn Not for me anyway.  The decision to eat or not eat the corn is only a small reason I support the labeling of genetically modified foods and hold deep reservations about the industry as … Continue reading

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