Update: Kauai GMO bill passed by county council

BY News Desk  November 17, 2013 at 5:33 PM EDT

Earlier this month, NewsHour Weekend published a story about the debate (below) surrounding genetically-modified seed farming on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

When the original report aired, the county council had passed a bill that would create buffer zones around test fields and force the seed companies to disclose what pesticides they’re using and in what quantities.

But a week after the bill passed, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. vetoed the bill saying, “I believe strongly that this bill is legally flawed. That being the case, I had no choice but to veto.”

On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Kauai County Council reconvened and voted 5-2 to override the mayor’s veto.

With no other choice, Mayor Carvalho has agreed to work with the council.

“I will continue to work with my departments to determine how we will implement this new law,” he said.

The law is expected to take effect in nine months, but legal action by the seed companies could delay that time frame.