1. Bill 2491 was a true expression of the democratic process. The Mayor's veto ignores the overwhelming support from Kauai's people and the County Council:
-- A 6-1 LANDSLIDE VOTE OF COUNTY COUNCIL
-- OVER 53,OOO PETITION SIGNATURES
-- LABOR UNION ENDORSEMENTS FROM TEACHERS, NURSES
AND HOTEL WORKERS (thousands of workers!)
-- OVER 100 DOCTORS, NURSES AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
-- DOZENS OF EXPERTS AND WORLDWIDE MEDIA COVERAGE
2. Bill 2491 is a reasonable first step, but if we don't take it, there will be a lot of discontent.
3. Bill 2491 is reasonable and won a landslide 6-1 victory at County Council. This bill is asking for disclosure, modest buffer zones and a health study. These are not big asks for multibillion dollar corporations to operate on our island.
4. Bill 2491 will not cause job losses, as companies already keep disclosure records and the buffer zones are very moderate
5. The "voluntary action" being proffered by the Mayor as an alternative to Bill 2491 is NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR LAWS.
6. Yes, the Mayor should try to involve the State, but that does not mean the State preempts Bill 2491. Instead, the State needs to show support for the people of Kauai by taking care of their state kuleana first.
7. The medical community is overwhelmingly behind this bill.
8. There are people who have been waiting for years to know what is being sprayed near their homes. They have a right to know. They are the heart of this.
9. People understand Bill 2491 won't solve all of their problems. But this is a first, and very reasonable step towards beginning to define what the people of Kauai want for their land, their children and their future generations.
10. Some of the finest lawyers in the state have weighed in and say that they will be there to defend Bill 2491. Several top attorneys have reviewed the County Attorney's legal opinion which the Mayor is citing as his main reason for veto. They say that it is flawed and politically motivated.
Come to the County Council Meeting on Thursday, November 14.
This is the LAST VOTE on Bill 2491.
Help our Council STAND STRONG AND HOLD STEADY
TO PASS THE BILL INTO LAW
COUNTY COUNCIL BUILDING (RICE ST)
9 am onward.