Vermont Passes GMO Labeling!
April 23, 2014
After years of hard work and dedicated action Vermont’s GMO labeling Bill has passed both the House and Senate! Today members of the VT House of representatives voted 114 to 30 to concur with the Senate version of the bill and to pass H.112. This nation leading “no strings attached” GMO labeling policy now heads to Governor Shumlin’s Desk for his signature.
Call Governor Shumlin today and urge Him to Sign H.112 into Law
We are one small step away from ratifying the strongest GMO labeling bill in the United States. From all of us at the Coalition we thank our allies across Vermont and across the country who made this possible. It is your action, passion, and commitment to your right to know that got us here.
H.112 will require labels on GMO foods starting in 2016, and would go in to effect without actions in other states. We could not have asked for a better outcome, and it is all thanks to you!
We now need to make sure that the Governor signs the bill, so please give him a call today.
This campaign has been energizing and inspiring to all of us who have worked to label GMO foods. Right now, all eyes are on Vermont and the essential work we have accomplished. It is all because Vermonters like you stood up and made it clear they have a right to know what is in their food- thank you!
Want to learn more about Wednesday’s vote? Check out the news coverage we’ve been getting!
- “Vermont Leading U.S. in GMO Labeling Campaign” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- “Vermont Legislature Approves GMO Labeling Bill” Food Safety News
- “Vermont will be First State in Nation to Require GMO Labeling” VT Digger
- “GMO Bill One Step From Law” Burlington Free Press
- “Vermont House Passes GMO Labeling Bill” WCAX
- “House Passes GMO Labeling Bill” WPTZ
- “GMO Labeling Bill Passes VT Legislature” My Champlain Valley
Bill Heads to the House Floor!
April 23, 2014
On Tuesday, the House Agriculture Committee voted 9-2 and the House Judiciary Committee voting 7-4 in favor of concurring with the Senate version of H.112! The House Appropriations Committee also noted their approval of the legal fund as set up by the Senate. Vermont’s “no strings attached” GMO labeling bill will now go to the House floor this afternoon for a possible full vote of the House of Representatives.
This it it! If the House votes to concur, then the bill will head to the Governors desk for his signature! For more information about Tuesday’s vote, check out the news coverage from WPTZ and the Burlington Free Press.
For those that wish to join us in Montpelier, we expect the House to convene at 1:00pm. If you can’t make it, you can tune into the VPR live stream or make sure to check our facebook and twitter for the latest news!
As always, thanks for all that you do!
Bill Passes Senate, 28-2!
April 17, 2014
Following Tuesday’s initial approval, the Senate officially passed Vermont’s GMO labeling bill (H.112) 28 to 2 on Wednesday!
This historic vote moves Vermont ever closer to becoming the first state to require labels on the GMO foods. The bill will now head to the House of Representatives where they will decide whether to concur with the Senate’s version of the bill, or create a conference committee to iron out the differences.
To visibly demonstrate the broad support for this bill we are calling for “honk and wave” events next Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day) during morning “drive time” not just in Vermont but all across the country. Our national partners and supporters are helping to organize this.
Use this online tool to set up and share your local honk and wave!
In case you don’t know, a “honk and wave” is when you and your friends get some signs together, set up shop on a street corner (or highway overpass) and rally in front of motorists in support of GMO labeling. Please plan to snap a picture of your event and post it to the VT Right to Know Facebook page.
Keep checking our website for the latest on where people will be gathering, and make sure to share your pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter or via email. Thank you so much for everything you have done to get us this far!
Senate Gives Preliminary Approval to H.112!
April 15, 2014
On Tuesday the Vermont Senate gave preliminary approval to the GMO labeling bill, by a stong margin of 26-2! After nearly two hours of discussion, the majority of our senators stood with us in supporting H.112, accepting all the amendments as passed by the committees. The bill remains without a trigger, and if enacted would go into effect in July of 2016, setting the course for Vermont to become the first state in the nation to label genetically modified foods!
Want to find out how your senator voted? Check out the roll call from Tuesday’s vote, and consider writing a letter to the editor thanking your senator for their support!
The bill will be read a third time Wednesday afternoon, at which point the final vote will likely occur.
Listen to the VPR story here:
P.S. Mark your calendars for next Tueday, April 22nd! In celebration of Earth Day, we are organizing “honk and waves” throughout the state (and beyond) where you can show your support for, and raise awareness of, the GMO Labeling bill! Stay tuned for more information!
H.112 passes Appropriations Committee, Heads to Senate Floor!
April 10, 2014
Vermont’s GMO Labeling bill took another leap forward today as it was passed 7-0 by the Senate Appropriations Committee! The bill is now being scheduled to head for the Senate floor for a possible vote early next week!
While there won’t be opportunity for public input, folks are invited to attend the proceedings if they would like. Make sure to double-check the Senate schedule before heading out, and remember that no electronics, cameras, food or drink are allowed in the Senate chamber.
For those who’d like to stay tuned from home, you can listen in via VPR’s Senate stream and follow along on our twitter page to stay on top of the action.
In the meantime, we need your support more than ever. According to a recent VTDigger poll, 79% of Vermonters support labeling genetically modified food. Thanks to all of that support we are on our way to the Governor’s desk, and are poised to become the first state in the nation to label genetically modified food. Please help us keep up the momentum, and take a moment to call the State House on Monday and ask your Senator to pass H.112. Leave a message with the Sargent at Arms that will be delivered to your Senator by calling 1-800-322-5616. Be prepared to provide the name of your senator, your name, town and phone number, and the message: “Please vote YES on H.112.”
Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes H.112!
April 3, 2014
Today was a big day in the push to label GMO foods in Vermont. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 to move H.112 forward. The bill would put labels on GMO foods starting July 1st, 2016, independent of the action of other states!
The bill will be moving on to the Appropriations Committee next week and then hopefully to the Senate Floor. The Appropriations Committee will look at how to create a fund for individuals to contribute to help with implementation of the law. This fund will give people the opportunity to contribute towards the bill’s legal defense, but will not act as barrier for the bill going into effect. Any money contributed will only strengthen and supplement the funds used by the Attorney General.
Members of the Judiciary Committee worked tirelessly throughout the month of March to craft H.112 into an even stronger, more defensible bill. They unanimously voted in support of labeling GMO foods and Vermonters’ right to know. Contact and communication from great supporters like you is what helped your Senator make the right decision. Please let them know you appreciate their hard work. Sign on to show the Senate Judiciary Committee your gratitude! You can make sure other Senators in your district also stand up for your right to know by contacting them personally. Click here to reach out to your other Senators.
The campaign is looking good, folks! To date, over 36,000 people and 236 businesses have signed on in support of the bill, either through a physical sign-on or via our online petition. And we’ve had 22 letters to the editor published in support of H.112. At this crucial stage in the campaign, please consider taking a few minutes to make this number even bigger and let your community know why you want to see labels on GMO foods! Tell your story in a brief letter to the editor of your local paper - you will help start a conversation with your neighbors and you will get the attention of our legislators.