We hope this finds you all doing well and that you are continuing to enjoy the success we experienced here in CT. The GMO labeling bill is currently waiting for Governor Malloy’s signature and we will let you know when he signs it into law. Please be assured, it is not a question of if, but when, thanks to all of your determination and advocacy efforts.
Since the landslide vote in CT, the momentum in other states continues to grow, due in large part to what happened here. Connecticut truly is the catalyst for GMO labeling across the country. Both the House and Senate in Maine passed their GMO labeling bill and it is awaiting Governor LePage’s signature. Similar to the CT bill, Maine’s bill has a trigger clause. All the more reason for all of us to be working together. Last week we travelled to Massachusetts to testify at their GMO labeling hearing and participate in their rally. We were met with a lot of gratitude from our Massachusetts neighbors. They know we are here to support them. The hearing was a huge success with a packed hearing room and over 65 people registered to testify. Our neighbors in New Jersey celebrated their first victory yesterday, when the budget committee passed their GMO labeling bill bringing NJ one step closer to GMO labeling.
With all of these promising advancements at the state level, it is more important than ever that we make sure the Federal Government does nothing to undermine State’s rights to protect their citizens. In particular, the King Amendment was inserted into the Farm bill under the guise of protecting interstate commerce. But, in practice, the King Amendment may prevent states from enacting GMO labeling laws. To read more about the King Amendment CLICK HERE. Please contact your member of Congress today. The House of Representatives is expected to be voting on the Farm Bill this week.
Call your Congressman and state the following:
“Strike the King Amendment from the Farm Bill and ensure that states have the right to protect their citizens and pass GMO labeling laws.”
John Larson – 1st District
(202) 225-2265 – Washington, D.C.
(860) 278-8888 – Hartford
Joe Courtney – 2nd District
(202) 225-2076 – Washington, D.C.
(860) 886-0139 – Norwich
(860) 741-6011 – Enfield
Jim Himes – 4th District
(202) 225-5541 – Washington, D.C.
(866) 453-0028 – Bridgeport
(203) 353-9400 – Stamford
Elizabeth Esty – 5th District
(202) 225-4476 – Washington, D.C.
(860) 223-8412 – New Britain
If you are unsure of the district you are in, you can find your representative on the House of Representatives web site.
Thank you for taking action today. We were able to pass the Country’s first GMO labeling law because of all of you, we can have an impact on what happens in Washington as well.