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Vermont Legislature Passes GMO Labeling Bill
Posted on 8 May 2014 by Keller and Heckman LLP

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... Read More

Vermont Adopts First US GMO Food Labelling Law
Posted on 18 Jun 2014 by Dianne Saxe

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: Pot Taxes, Gambling & GMOs Bound for November Ballots
Posted on 15 Oct 2013 by State Net

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... Read More

GMO Labeling Legislation Update: Industry Friendly Bill Introduced in Congress as State Legislatures Consider Bills Mandating GMO Labeling
Posted on 28 Apr 2014 by Keller and Heckman LLP

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... Read More

GMO Crops May Be Grounded In Oregon, While GMO Labeling May Be Stripped Off In Vermont
Posted on 10 Sep 2014 by DLA Piper

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: The GMO Debate
Posted on 11 Nov 2013 by State Net

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... Read More

State GMO Labeling Laws Present Unanswered Legal Questions
Posted on 8 Nov 2013 by Todd Janzen

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... Read More

Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against High-Fructose Corn Syrup Makers and GMO Labeling Moves Forward
Posted on 2 Jun 2014 by DLA Piper

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... Read More

Defeat of Washington I-522 GMO Labeling
Posted on 5 Dec 2013 by DLA Piper

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... Read More