Hawaii County Council considers appealing federal judge's ruling on GMO law


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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — The Hawaii County Council will decide this week on whether to appeal a federal judge's ruling invalidating a new ban on the open-air cultivation of genetically modified crops.

West Hawaii Today (http://bit.ly/1wH9cte ) reports the council will need five yes votes to appeal the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The council passed the legislation by a 6-3 vote last year.

But the council has three new members after last month's elections: Aaron Chung of Hilo, Danny Paleka of Puna and Maile David of Kau and South Kona.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren invalidated the county law in a Nov. 27 order, saying state law pre-empts county law on the issue.

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

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