My testimony: —– Re: Res. 22-14:

Please ask County Council to defend our GMO bill. Send testimony today! And attend hearing Wed, 12/17, 9 am.
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My testimony:
Re: Res. 22-14:
Aloha Councilmembers,

I am writing to urge you to defend the Hawaii County law in court.

First and foremost, there is every reason to believe we will prevail in this case, and do so clearly and easily. Among other facts, there is no mention of GMO in state law, therefore it is indefensible to say that state law preempts counties from regulating GMO. This will not be a costly effort nor will it be difficult. For information on this opinion, see the Amicus brief filed on our behalf by Earthjustice, which explains this principle clearly.

Secondly, the democratically expressed will of the people must be defended. We cannot allow corporate interests to negate the laws that Hawaii County passes without even a fight to defend them.

Please stand up for the citizens of our island, for our right to home rule, a fair and open democracy, the protection of our island’s economy, and your power to be the rightful legislative arm of our government.

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email Visit us on the web at