The promise of free legal services to defend Kauai County’s controversial pesticide/GMO regulatory law has been relegated to the realm of feel-good fantasy, alongside Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.
Like most myths, it was perpetuated for a purpose: lulling a poorly-informed populace into believing Councilman Gary Hooser’s ego-driven foray into poor policy-making would have no cost and a happy ending.
Meanwhile, in the real world, the county attorney is asking the County Council today to approve $75,000 to hire special counsel to launch a defense against the chem companies’ lawsuit. The county is required to respond to the 70-page complaint by Friday.
Another bill asks the Council to move $500,000 into the special counsel account “for several other ongoing cases, and in anticipation of future needs,” according to county spokeswoman Beth Tokioka.
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