About the bill
On July 1, the first ever state law requiring all genetically engineered foods to be labeled is scheduled to take effect in Vermont.
But some members of Congress are working to preempt the Vermont labeling requirement, and similar requirements that have been passed in Maine and Connecticut, from ever actually taking effect. Legislators are also considering a “QR code” requirement for any voluntary labeling.
Legislation from Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) that would ban state GMO labeling requirements and replace them with a national voluntary labeling system passed out of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee on March 1 and is expected to come before the full Senate this Wednesday.
Robert’s bill, S. 2609, would thwart state labeling efforts with one sentence:
> No State … may directly …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Senator for Kansas. Republican.
Last Updated: Mar 1, 2016
Length: 8 pages
114th Congress (2015–2017)
This bill was introduced on March 1, 2016, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
Mar 1, 2016
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Mar 1, 2016
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Dec 9, 2016
Reported by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
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S. 2609 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2609. This is the one from the 114th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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An original bill to amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national voluntary labeling standard for bioengineered foods, and for other purposes, S. 2609, 114th Cong. (2016).
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