Below is a summary of recent GMO legislation by state. Each listing provides a link to the legislative text. Email important additions here.
IL (2015-2016) SR 255: URGE CONGRESS-FOOD LABELING. Urges Congress to direct the clarification of national food labeling standards. Shows support for meaningful consumer education and for measures that provide consumers with a reasonable means of identifying food products that may or may not have been developed using bioengineering. Encourages food manufacturers to further study ways to inform consumers about food choices, as long as the information provided is truthful and not misleading. Urges all Illinois State agencies to suspend any and all action with regards to state-specific food labeling requirements until guidance is received from the federal government. Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Sue Rezin – 04/22/2015.
MS HB 971: Truth in Labeling Act; create. AN ACT TO CREATE THE “TRUTH IN LABELING ACT,” TO PROVIDE FOR THE LABELING OF FOOD PRODUCTS PRODUCED WITH GENETIC ENGINEERING; TO DEFINE TERMS USED IN THIS ACT; TO SPECIFY WHICH PRODUCTS SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE REGULATION OF THIS ACT; TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MANDATORY STANDARD TO BE USED AND ENFORCED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE AND COMMERCE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE NATIONAL LABELING STANDARD; TO ENSURE THAT THE COMMISSIONER ADOPT REGULATORY STANDARDS THAT SPECIFY THE AMOUNT OF BIOENGINEERED SUBSTANCE THAT MAY BE PRESENT IN FOOD PRODUCTS; TO PRESCRIBE THE METHOD OF DISCLOSING INFORMATION ON BIOENGINEERED PRODUCTS AND ANY REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE DISCLOSURE; (H) Died In Committee – 01/31/2017.
NJ AR 152: Urges enactment of “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.” Introduced, Referred to Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee – 05/23/2016.
NJ (2016-2017) SR 33: Urges enactment of “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.” Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee – 02/16/2016.
NM (2017) HB 289: AGRICULTURE IN ECON DEVELOPMENT FINANCE ACT. RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; EXPANDING THE STATEWIDE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FINANCE ACT TO INCLUDE AGRICULTURAL ENTERPRISES. Passed Senate (38-0) Vetoed by the Governor. – 04/06/2017.
NM (2017) HB 512: PUBLIC PEACE, HEALTH, SAFETY & WELFARE. RELATING TO THE PUBLIC PEACE, HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE. Passed Senate (37-0) POCKET Vetoed by the Governor. – 04/07/2017.
NY AB 4384: Relates to requiring clear and conspicuous labeling of all consumable commodities. Relates to requiring clear and conspicuous labeling of all consumable commodities, including infant formula. REFERRED TO CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND PROTECTION – 02/01/2017.
NY (2017-2018) AB 5115: Creates the genetically modified organism act of 2017. Creates a task force to monitor and report on the effects of the use of genetically modified organisms in the food supply. REFERRED TO HEALTH – 02/05/2017.
NY (2017-2018) SB 2072: Relates to providing for the labeling of raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, seed, and seed stock produced with genetic engineering. Provides for the labeling of raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, seed, and seed stock produced with genetic engineering; defines terms; imposes penalties for false labels and misbranding; sets forth exemptions. RECOMMIT, ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN – 02/27/2017.
NY (2017-2018) SB 4687: Provides for the labeling of food or food products that contain a genetically engineered material or that are produced with a genetically engineered material. Defines terms; imposes penalties for false labels and misbranding; sets forth exemptions. REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION – 02/23/2017.
VA HB 2349: Bioengineered foods; labeling certain products containing GMO, etc. Bioengineered foods; GMO content; genetically modified fish; labeling. Requires certain products containing a genetically modified organism (GMO) to bear a label stating, “Congress prohibits states from requiring the on-package labeling of the GMO content of this product.” The bill requires retail food stores to post notices and information sheets regarding bioengineered foods and to install digital scanners to read the matrix barcodes that certain packaged foods may use to provide information on GMO content. The bill also requires that any genetically modified fish or fish product be so labeled and that a fish or fish product that is labeled “wild,” “antibiotic-free,” “hormone-free,” or free of added colors or additives be harvested from a river or ocean. House: Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources – 02/07/2017.
WA HB 1245: Providing a tax incentive for the labeling of products. By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status. – 04/24/2017.