Decision Making on GMO and Local Agriculture Bills

Decision Making on GMO and Local Agriculture Bills


WHAT:  The Committee on Agriculture will be deciding on four bills relating to GMOs and growing our local agriculture industry, which were previously heard on February 4, 2013.

  • HB174– GMO Labeling
  • HB97– Requires a permit to introduce or develop a new GMO
  • HB747– Exempts the slaughter and processing of poultry and livestock from GET
  • HB96– Exempts the first $50,000 of income for family farms and cooperatives

WHEN:  Thursday, February 7, 2013,     8:30 A.M.

WHERE:  Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 312

WHY:  The Constitution of Hawaii mandates that the State “shall conserve and protect agricultural lands, promote diversified agriculture, increase agricultural self-sufficiency and assure the availability of agriculturally suitable lands.” These goals are also highlighted as a major priority in the Governor’s “New Day” plan. The Legislature aims to do its part to move Hawaii forward this Session.

WHO: Chair Jessica Wooley, Vice Chair Richard H.K. Onishi, Reps. Tom Brower, Romy Cachola, Isaac Choy, Takashi Ohno, Gregg Takayama, James Kunane Tokioka, Clift Tsuji, Lauren Kealohilani Cheape, and Gene Ward comprise the Committee.


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