Politico’s Morning Ag Report, Feb. 8, 2016:
NEW ENGLAND LAWMAKERS TO REVIEW GMO LABELING: This could be a big week for the GMO-labeling cause in New England. State lawmakers in New Hampshire and Rhode Island – the only remaining New England states that don’t have labeling laws on the books – are set to give several bills some attention, potentially helping them clear hurdles to passage. On Tuesday, Rhode Island’s House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare will hold a public hearing on a handful of measures that would establish rules for labeling, and lawmakers are expecting a crowd: The session has been moved from the hearing room to a larger space in the state house. Details here.
On Wednesday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will take up labeling legislation, although passage is far from a sure thing. The House Environment and Agriculture Committee gave the bill an unfavorable recommendation in a 12-7 vote last week. While that’s not a death knell, it doesn’t help advocates’ efforts either. Details here.
What about Vermont’s law? It’s still set to go into effect July 1. But that could change if the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals grants the food industry’s request for an injunction. A ruling on the issue has been pending for four months.