Oregon Bill Refers GMO Labeling To Voters In November

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: January 21, 2014 Oregon Bill Refers GMO Labeling To Voters In November

Oregon Bill Refers GMO Labeling To Voters In November

The debate over GMO (genetically modified foods) return to the Oregon Legislature next month.

Rep. Paul Holvey (D-Eugene), says he will introduce a bill that would have voters in November decide whether to require labeling of GMOs.

“There are a lot of people who have concerns and want to know what’s in their foods,” Mr. Holvey said. “The voters should at the very least decide on the issue.”

His bill will differ from similar initiatives set for the November ballot, but Mr. Holvey declined to specify the differences.

The bill will give lawmakers a chance to “fine-tune” the statutory language of labeling requirements rather than leaving it to initiative authors to decide.

Measure set for the November ballot, whether through the initiative or legislative process will bypass a task force that Gov. John Kitzhaber vows  to set up on GMO, and agriculture.

Gov.Kitzhaber said the task force will consider issues such as preventing contamination of organic agriculture and labeling requirements for GMOs.

Gov. Kitzhaber’s pledge came last October  the passage of an agriculture law opposed by many environmentalists and organic farmers. The law bars counties from regulating genetically modified agriculture, except Jackson County, where a measure was already on the May ballot.

In an October letter to Senate President Peter Courtney, (D-Salem), and House Speaker Tina Kotek, (D-Portland), the Governor had also promised to introduce legislation on genetically modified foods in 2015.

It’s unclear how Mr. Holvey’s bill will fare.

Even if the bill passes the House, it will face a tougher climb in the Senate.

Legislation on GMOs, agriculture and labeling requirements failed to advance from committees during last year’s regular session.

Mr. Holvey said he’s optimistic that his newest bill would find a path through the Legislature.

“I think it does have a chance largely because legislators have been hearing from a lot of people concerned about genetically modified foods,” he said. “I’m listening to my constituents.”

Stay tuned…

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Paul Ebeling is best known for his work as writer and publisher of “The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report” on the US Major Market Indices™, a highly-regarded, weekly financial market letter, where he enjoys an international audience among opinion makers, business leaders, and respected organizations. Something of a pioneer in online stock market and commodities discussion and analysis, Ebeling has been online since 1994. He has studied and worked in the global financial and stock markets since 1984.
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