A bill that would ban biotech companies and the expansion of GMO crops on the Big Island has passed the Hawaii County Council’s Public Safety and Mass Transit committee.

Bill 113, introduced by Councilwoman Margaret Wille, passed with a vote of 6 to 2 on Tuesday and will now go to the full county council for review.

Hawaii County Council members Greggor Ilagan and J Yoshimoto opposed the bill.

The vote comes on the heals of another GMO bill that moved forward in the Kauai County Council on Friday.

Photo: Anti-GMO signs at a Hawaii County council hearing on Bill 113. (Civil Beat)

— Sophie Cocke…

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