State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: Pot Taxes, Gambling & GMOs Bound for November Ballots

MARIJUANA BURNING ISSUE IN STATES So far, Colorado and Washington are the only states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. But 21 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its use for medical purposes, according to Governing. Most recently, a very limited law went into effect...

State GMO Labeling Laws Present Unanswered Legal Questions

At least 20 states have considered bills requiring labeling for genetically modified (GMO) foods in the past few years. California's Prop 37 was the most notorious of these proposed laws, but it was defeated by referendum in November 2012. This hasn't stopped GMO opponents in other states from...

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: The GMO Debate

In an up and down year, GMO opponents have a very down week Just weeks ago, you could not have blamed the burgeoning anti-GMO movement for feeling pretty good about how things were going this year. In July, advocates seeking to force agricultural producers of genetically modified organisms to clearly...

Defeat of Washington I-522 GMO Labeling

State-sponsored GMO-labeling efforts faced defeat in Washington State’s November 2013 election. Voters rejected Washington State’s Initiative Measure 522 (I-522) proposal, 51.21 percent to 48.79 percent.1 Washington’s I-522, known as the “Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered...

GMO Labeling Legislation Update: Industry Friendly Bill Introduced in Congress as State Legislatures Consider Bills Mandating GMO Labeling

Legislative activity surrounding the labeling of food produced from or containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) continues to escalate as lawmakers on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures consider a variety of proposals. State Legislative Activity Federal law does not currently require...

Vermont Legislature Passes GMO Labeling Bill

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Vermont’s House of Representatives passed H.B. 112, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], legislation that would require the labeling of food produced entirely or partially from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) by July 1, 2016.[1] The Vermont...

Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against High-Fructose Corn Syrup Makers and GMO Labeling Moves Forward

By Stefanie Jill Fogel , Mary B. Langowski , and Tiffani V. Williams S.F. v. Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., No. 13-634, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55195, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. On April 21, the US District Court for the Western District of New York dismissed the case...

Vermont Adopts First US GMO Food Labelling Law

After failed attempts in several other states, and at the federal level, Vermont has adopted the United States’ first GMO food labelling law . The new law requires labelling of food with genetically modified ingredients, starting in 2016. It follows recent evidence that “Roundup Ready”...

GMO Crops May Be Grounded In Oregon, While GMO Labeling May Be Stripped Off In Vermont

By: Stefanie Jill Fogel , Mary B. Langowski , and Tiffani V. Williams Congressman expects state measure against GMO crops will pass. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has predicted that Oregon will approve a statewide ban on the cultivation of GMO crops. The measure has been officially placed on...