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April 4, 2012

FOUR STATES Need Your Immediate Action
Help Pass Genetically Modified
Organisms (GMO) Labeling Bills!

SUPPORT Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont in GMO-labeling bills! Bills moving in these four states would place the burden of disclosure on the manufacturers by requiring a label for GMO containing foods. Currently there is no law requiring the labeling of foods containing or produced with genetically modified organisms. Without such disclosure mandates, manufacturers may voluntarily inform consumers of products containing GMOs but most are choosing not to do so. Some consumer-friendly manufacturers and independent organizations assume the burden of labeling products without GMOs by labeling them as “GMO-free”. Click on a State to Take Action NOW! Connecticut| New Jersey | Rhode Island | Vermont.

Connecticut House Bill No. 5117
New Jersey House Bill No. 1367
Rhode Island House Bill No. 7494
Vermont House Bill No. 722

CONNECTICUT House Bill No. 5117, mandating labeling of GMO foods, was passed favorably out of the Joint House and Senate Environmental Committee and sent to the House floor on 3/21/2012. H.B. 5117 will likely be heard in other committees before moving back to the House Floor and to the Senate. Click HERE to Take Action.

To read the bill, click HERE.

NEW JERSEY House Bill No. 1367, mandating labeling of GMO foods, was introduced in the Senate on February 6, 2012 and was referred to the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. Click HERE to Take Action.

To read the bill, click HERE.

RHODE ISLAND House Bill No. 7494, mandating labeling of GMO foods, was introduced on February 9, 2012 and was referred to the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee. On March 14, 2012, the House HEW Committee recommended HB 7494 be held for further study and we need your help to get it moving again. Click HERE to Take Action.

To read the bill, click HERE.

VERMONT House Bill No. 722, mandating labeling of GMO foods, was introduced on February 1, 2012 an d was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture. On March 27, 2012, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the bill. Click HERE to Take Action.

To read the bill, click HERE.

ADDITIONAL STATES: Please thank Legislators in the following states for introducing the following GMO-Label bills that are no longer active this legislative session. Contact them at below contact info and encourage them to introduce the bills again next session:

Hawaii | Iowa | Minnesota | Missouri | North Carolina | Tennessee
Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia

Hawaii GMO bills:
For H.B. 2031, Thank Representative Mele Carroll, repcarroll@capitol.hawaii.gov; 808-586-6790
H.B. 2031 Requires any genetically-engineered food products that is sold, offered for sale, or distributed in the State to be labeled as a genetically-engineered food product.

For S.B. 2279, Thank Senator Mike Gabbard, sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov, 808-586-6830
Senator Maile Shimabukukuro, senshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov, 808-586-7793
S.B. 2279 Prohibits the sale or distribution of any genetically engineered whole food intended for human consumption unless the food is labeled as genetically engineered. Defines “genetically engineered food crop”, “modern biotechnology”, and “genetically engineered whole food”.

For S.B. 2443, Thank Senator Rosalyn Baker, senbaker@capitol.hawaii.gov, 808-586-6070
S.B. 2443 Requires, beginning 01/01/13, specific labeling for any food or raw agricultural commodity sold in the State that contains or was produced with a genetically engineered material.

For S.B. 2478, Thank Senator Josh Green, sengreen@capitol.hawaii.gov, 808-586-9385; and
Senator Chun Oakland, senchunoakland@capitol.hawaii.gov, 808-586-6130
S.B. 2478 Requires genetically engineered food products that are sold, offered for sale, or distributed in this State to be labeled as such, with certain exceptions. Defines “genetically engineered food product.” Establishes penalties for violations.

For S.B. 2891, Thank Senator Shan Tsutsui, sentsutsui@capitol.hawaii.gov, 808-586-7344
S.B. 2891 Establishes labeling requirements for any food or raw agricultural commodity sold in the State that contains a genetically engineered material, or was produced with a genetically engineered material; establishes exceptions; establishes violations; requires director of health to adopt rules.

Iowa GMO bills:
For H.F. 375, Thank Representative Patrick Murphy, pat.murphy@legis.state.ia.us, 563.582.5922
H.F. 375 Provides labeling requirements for certain genetically modified agricultural commodities and products, and making penalties applicable.

Minnesota GMO bills:
For H.F. 2808, Thank Representative Karen Clark, rep.karen.clark@house.mn, 651-296-0294
H.F. 2808 Requires labeling of genetically engineered food and provides criminal penalties.

For H.F. 2563, Thank Representative Patricia Torres Ray, sen.patricia.torres.ray@senate.mn, 651.296.4274
S.F. 2563 Requires labeling of genetically engineered food and provides criminal penalties.

Missouri GMO bills:
For H.B. 984, Thank Representative Tim Meadows, Tim.Meadows@house.mo.gov, 573-751-1311
H.B. 984 Requires the label of a food or food product containing genetically modified materials to indicate that such food or food product contains genetically modified materials.

For H.B. 1013, Thank Representative Leonard Hughes IV, leonard.hughes@house.mo.gov, 573-751-1501
H.B. 1013 Requires all food and food product labels to include whether certain hormone growth substances are contained in such food or whether such food contains any product which is genetically modified

For H.B. 2088, Thank Representative Leonard Hughes IV, leonard.hughes@house.mo.gov, 573-751-1501
H.B. 2088 Requires all food and food products sold in Missouri that are or contain genetically modified products to be labeled indicating that the food is or contains genetically modified products.

North Carolina GMO bills:
For H.B. 446, Thank Representative Glen Bradley, Glen.Bradley@ncleg.net, 919-733-5860
H.B. 446 Requires labeling of food and milk products sold in this state that are or that contain genetically modified food and or milk and milk products from animals that have received Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (Rbgh).

Tennessee GMO bills:
For H.B. 3678, Thank Representative Joe Towns, rep.joe.towns@capitol.tn.gov, 615-741-2189
H.B. 3678 Requires the labeling of foods containing and produced with genetically engineered material and prescribes penalties.
*Representative Towns offered this bill in past sessions as well but it never moved due to lack of a senate sponsor; therefore encourage your representatives in the Senate to work with Representative Towns.

Vermont GMO bills:
For H.B. 733, Thank Representative Eldred French, efrench@leg.state.vt.us, (802) 492-3304
H.B. 733 Establishes a cause of action in trespass against the manufacturer of a genetically engineered seed or genetically engineered plant part when such seed or plant part enters the property of a person engaged in an agricultural activity and causes damages and provides that indemnification clauses in seed contracts are against public policy and are void and unenforceable and that seed contracts shall not include venue clauses that provide that a dispute under a seed contract shall be governed by the laws of a state other than Vermont.

Virginia GMO bills:
For S.B. 606, Thank Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel, district27@senate.virginia.gov, (804) 698-7527
S.B. 606 Requires that genetically-engineered food be labeled and provides penalties.

Washington GMO bills:
For S.B. 6298, Thank Senator Maralyn Chase, (360) 786-7662,
Maralyn.Chase@leg.wa.gov,
S.B. 6298 Requires the labeling of foods containing genetically engineered material and prescribes penalties.

For H.B. 2637, Thank Representative Cary Condotta, (360) 786-7954,https://dlr.leg.wa.gov/memberemail/mailform.aspx?chamber=h&district=12&position=1
H.B. 2637 Requires the labeling of foods containing genetically engineered material and prescribes penalties.

West Virginia GMO bills:
For H.B. 2178, Thank Representative Mike Manypenny, mike.manypenny@wvhouse.gov, (304) 340-3139
H.B. 2178 Creates the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act and sets forth labeling requirements regarding the sale of foods containing genetically engineered materials and foods produced with genetically engineered materials; provides for civil suits by the Commissioner of Agriculture and suits by citizens.

For H.B. 2180, Thank Representative Mike Manypenny, mike.manypenny@wvhouse.gov, (304) 340-3139
H.B. 2180 Creates the Genetically Engineered Crop and Animal Farmer Protection Act and sets forth information requirements regarding the sale of genetically engineered seeds; plants and animals; identifies certain contractual provisions to be against public policy; prevents noncompetitive practices involving technology fees; establishes measures to be taken to avoid cross pollination of genetically engineered plants and seeds; requires genetically engineered seeds to be so labeled; prohibits loan discrimination, provides for civil and citizen suits.

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