Thirty six representatives, including Hawaii Island’s very own Richard Onishi, Clift Tsuji, Cindy Evans and Faye Hanohano, have put forth a bill to amend Hawaii’s Right to Farm Act to essentially overturn Hawaii County Council’s recent action to ban genetically modified organisms (GMO).
House Bill 2506 would amend the act “to ensure that counties cannot enact laws, ordinances, or resolutions to limit the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in modern farming and ranching practices.”
The bill, after being introduced and passing first reading Jan. 23, had been referred to both the House Agriculture and Finance Committees at press time.
House Agriculture Committee
Rep. Jessica Wooley
House Finance Committee
Rep. Sylvia Luke
Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson