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Kauai Mayor Veto Bill 2491, County Attorney's Memorandum re Bill 2491.

Kauai Mayor Veto Bill 2491, County Attorney's Memorandum re Bill 2491.

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COUNTY OF KAUA‘I
 
BERNARD P. CARVALHO, JR.
Mayor
GARY K. HEU
Managing Director
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
News Release
For Immediate Release: October 31, 2013
BETH TOKIOKA, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Tel (808) 241-4900 Fax (808) 241-6877
Mayor vetoes Bill 2491
LĪHU‘E –
 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
Kaua‘i
,
 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,
 he said.
While I believe a veto is necessary, we can and will find legal means to address these important health and safety issues.
 (more)
 
Mayor vetoes Bill 2491 October 31, 2013 Page 2 of 2 In his veto message, the mayor urges the council to move forward quickly on funding the  joint fact finding study group, which is the first step toward conducting an environmental public health impact study (EPHIS). The study could be recommended via a resolution that is slated for next week
s council agenda. He also describes actions being taken by the Governor and the State Department of Agriculture to address buffer zones and pesticide use notification.
I truly believe in my heart that
Kaua‘i
 can accomplish anything through cooperation, collaboration, and by working together in the spirit of aloha,
 said the mayor.
This does not invalidate the hard work that has gone into the crafting of 2491. We are moving forward and we will continue to move forward with or without the bill.
 The full text of the mayor 
s message, along with the attorney
s opinion can be found on the county
s website: www.kauai.gov.  ###

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