State Rep. Kim Fawcett was pleased to see the House of Representatives pass a bill she has championed in a bipartisan vote.
After adopting differing versions of legislation concerning genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the House and Senate approved historic legislation (HB6527) that makes Connecticut the first state to enact labeling requirements for such food. The bill will now be sent to the governor’s desk for action.
“I’m glad that this bill got worked on by both House and Senate Democrats and Republicans because we ended up with this result that is very close to being a perfect bill and I was happy to vote for it,” Fawcett said. “I am proud of my constituents including Tara Cook-Lippman and the entire RTM for their advocacy. They were some of the strongest and loudest voices supporting this legislation, and they refused to give up.”
An Act Concerning Genetically-Engineered Food requires genetically-engineered foods to be labeled “Produced with Genetic Engineering” and unpackaged produce would be labeled on their retail shelf or bin. There is an exemption for locally grown foods at roadside stands, as well as for restaurants.
The final version, a compromise between the House and Senate versions, modified exemptions and changed the “trigger” for action from legislation in states with a population of 25 million to states with a population of 20 million.