GMO Labeling Bill Passes VT Legislature

Published 04/23 2014 03:49PM

Updated 04/23 2014 06:21PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont House has passed a GMO labeling bill on Wednesday.

The bill has now passed both the House and Senate and has to be signed by Governor Shumlin before it becomes law.

“I am proud of Vermont for being the first state in the nation to ensure that Vermonters will know what is in their food," Gov. Shumlin said. "The Legislature has spoken loud and clear through its passage of this bill. I wholeheartedly agree with them and look forward to signing this bill into law. "

Several state representatives spoke up with reservations about funding a potential lawsuit. Lawmakers are anticipating a legal battle with agriculture companies that produce GMOs.

The bill would allow for two years before the labeling provision takes effect. The provision is so that Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell could have time to form a defense for the bill and raise money to pay for the lawsuit.

State representatives who showed support for the bill on the floor said they've never had so many constituents reach out to them in support of the bill.

The bill passed the Vermont House by a 114-30 vote.

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