Hawaii County Council votes to accept free legal help to fight lawsuit challenging new GMO law

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HILO, Hawaii — The Hawaii County Council has voted to allow attorneys from national advocacy groups Earthjustice and the Center for Food Safety to represent it for free as it defends a new law restricting the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.

West Hawaii Today (http://bit.ly/1EMs9jT ) reports the council voted 6-3 on Wednesday in favor of accepting legal help.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren invalidated the county's partial GMO ban in November, saying state law pre-empts county law on the issue.

The county plans to appeal the case. By accepting the free legal help, the county would only be liable for court costs up to $10,000.

North Kona Councilwoman Karen Eoff acknowledged that not all council members want to appeal. But she says the county should do the best it can with the expertise offered.


Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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