Kauai County Council overrides Carvalho veto

Published On: Nov 16 2013 11:56:00 AM HST
LIHUE, Hawaii -

The Kauai County Council has voted to override Mayor Bernard Carvalho's veto of Bill 2491 which regulates pesticide use and the farming of genetically modified crops.

The Council met Saturday after recessing Thursday when it did not have the votes to override the veto. Five votes are needed for an override. On Thursday the council had only four votes when Ross Kagawa said he would not support the override.

The council met yesterday to appoint a new member to replace Nadine Nakamura who resigned last month to become Carvalho's Managing Director. Mason Chock was appointed and sworn in yesterday as the seventh council member.

Mayor Carvalho joined supporters and opponents who filled seats at the county building.

Council members discussed the issue for more than an hour before voting five to two in favor of the override.

Voting in favor were council members Gary Hooser, Tim Bynum, Chairman Jay Furfaro, JoAnn Yukimura and Chock. Council members Mel Rapozo and Kagawa voted against the override.

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