Two GMO prohibition bills will be introduced on September 4, 2013, 1:30 pm, in the Public Safety & Mass Transit Committee in Hilo:
- Bill 113 by Margaret Wille which replaces Bill 79, and
- Bill 109 by Brenda Ford.
- In addition, Margaret Wille has submitted Communication #394 Discussion and Formation of an Ad Hoc Committee Relating to Genetically Engineered Crops and Plants.
Public Testimony on the bills and the Ad Hoc Committee proposal will be heard at the beginning of the meeting, however, testimony is limited to 2 minutes whether speaking on one or all of the agenda items. You can testify at the satellite office locations in Kau, Kona, and Wiamea. The Pahoa satellite office is currently closed, so people in that area will need to go to Hilo.
Keeping the focus of testimony on the points of the bill will assist the Council in discussing what the community deems to be important.
Contact your Council member before Sept. 4 to let them know what kind of bill you support. Taking this action will provide them with input prior to the committee’s discussion. A Council contact list is attached.
If oral testimony is given, it is recommended that more detailed written testimony also be submitted via email due to the 2-minute time restriction.
- Bill 109 - Introduced by Brenda Ford
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- Bill 113 - Introduced by Margaret Wille
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- COM 394 Ad Hoc Committee
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- COM 404 Hawaii Island GMO Summit
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- UPDATED AGENDA - The PAHOA office will be CLOSED; no testimony in Pahoa, you have to come to Hilo
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Bill 113 Margaret Wille
“Protect Hawaii Island’s Agricultural Heritage and Its Ecosystems from Harm from Genetically Engineered Organisms.”
Prohibition: No open air cultivation, propagation or development of genetically engineered crops or plants.
Exemptions: crops or plants being cultivated, propagated or developed prior to the effective date of this article are exempted provided locations or facilities are registered within 90 days.
GMO papaya in current and future locations is exempt provided commercial locations or facilities are registered.
Administration: Department of Research & Development, Agriculture Division.
Registration: $100 annual registration fee beginning within 90 days of the effective date of article.
Penalties: Violators fined $1000 per day, per location and responsible for costs of investigation, court and legal costs, and for damage to non-GE crops, plants, neighboring properties or water sources.
Bill 109 Brenda Ford
“Genetically Modified or Engineered Organisms Prohibited.”
Prohibition: Unlawful to cultivate, develop or use any GMOs or to genetically modify any specific or non-specific parts of an organism’s genome.
Exemptions: state/federal licensed medical or agricultural research institutions are exempt if contained in a biosafety level 3 facility.
Sunset Date: cultivation, development or use of GMOs may continue for a period not to exceed 30 months.
Administration: Department of Environmental Management.
Registration: $100 annual registration fee beginning within 60 days of the effective date of this article.
Administrative Enforcement: Violators fined $1000, and $1000 per day of violation.
Violators who fail to comply are arrested for petty misdemeanor, fined $1000 or 30 days in jail. Responsible for costs of testing, removal, destruction of GMOs, and remediation of property.
Ad Hoc Committee Com #394We recommend that if an Ad Hoc Committee is utilized that is form after a Bill is passed so that it does not hinder legislation, and that the focus of the bill emphasizes transitioning away from GMOs.
- It is important to stress to the Council that the Ad Hoc Committee is not about co-existence, but about transitioning away from GMOs.
- That the committee be formed after a bill is passed and focus its work on supporting farmers to transition to non-GMO crops rather than the topics outlined in the Ad Hoc Committee proposal: co-existence, pesticides, pros/cons of indigenous/ecologically friendly farming.
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