COUNTY OF KAUA‘I
BERNARD P. CARVALHO, JR.
GARY K. HEU
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
For Immediate Release: October 31, 2013
BETH TOKIOKA, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Tel (808) 241-4900 Fax (808) 241-6877
Mayor vetoes Bill 2491
Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. has vetoed Bill 2491, Relating to Pesticides and Genetically Modified Organisms, which was passed by the County Council on October 16.
I have always said I agree with the intent of this bill to provide for pesticide use disclosure, create meaningful buffer zones and conduct a study on the health and environmental issues relating to pesticide use on
stated the Mayor.
However, I believe strongly that this bill is legally flawed. That being the case, I had no choice but to veto.
The Mayor has released the opinion on 2491 drafted by the Office of the County Attorney, which was delivered to him on October 24.
Since receiving the opinion I
ve spent hours and hours understanding the points raised and questioning our attorneys on the legal issues,
While I believe a veto is necessary, we can and will find legal means to address these important health and safety issues.