Thursday, May 10, 2012

More to Connecticut GE Bill Story than Originally Thought

Me confused.

I was going to write about the evisceration of a proposed bill in the Connecticut General Assembly, HB 5117, An Act Concerning Genetically-Engineered Foods, which would have required the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

Unfortunately, I think the first reports that I read about Governor Dan Malloy and state lawyers removing the meat of the bill before it could be voted on were erroneous. I talked with a spokesperson in Malloy's office this morning and she said that the governor does not have the ability to alter bills. She had no idea where the story originated and said the bill simply never came up for a vote and died when the legislative session ended yesterday.

The spokesperson did say that Malloy had concerns with the bill, but could not provide additional information. The next legislative session begins in January; HB 5117 could be put forth again at that time.

I'll do more investigating and hopefully have more information soon.

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