By Analiese Paik
Connecticut has made history and is the first state to vote a GMO labeling bill out of committee! In a historic, bipartisan 23-6 vote, the bill was voted out of the Environment Committee on Wednesday, March 21. Even the Huffington Post ran the story!
Right now we need to urge the leadership of the House and Senate to call HB 5117 before the session ends on May 9. The support from CT representatives and senators is strong. But, without the bill being called, there is not much we can do.
Please call or email each person listed below, urging them to call the bill so CT can be the first state to pass a mandatory GMO labeling bill. Please remind them that just last week the FDA responded to the national JustLabelIt! campaign’s petition calling for them to reverse their 20-year old policy of not labeling GMOs. The campaign has 500 partner organizations and garnered almost 1 million comments. The FDA used a common stall tactic by responding that they didn’t have enough information and weren’t going to make a decision right now. The FDA’s response is more proof that federal GMO labeling efforts are stalled and we must take action at the state level. If CT passes this bill, so will the other 19 states that have worked to pass similar legislation. We will not stand alone.
Advocacy Action: Please take action and share this with your friends on email and social media.
Our #1 priority right now is to urge House and Senate leadership to call the bill. Please contact each person listed below and urge them to call HB 5117.
Speaker: Christopher G. Donovan (D)
(860) 240-8500 | 1-800-842-1902
Majority Leader: J. Brendan Sharkey (D)
1-800-842-1902 | (860) 240-8500
Republican Leader: Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr. (R)
President: Nancy Wyman (D) (Lieutenant Governor)
TEL: (860) 524-7384
TOLL-FREE: (866) 712-6998
Email: online form only
President Pro Tempore: Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D)
E-mail: Form to mail Senator Williams
Executive Assistant (constituent issues)
Majority Leader: Martin M. Looney (D)
E-mail Form to mail Senator Looney
Executive Aide & Counsel to the Majority Leader
Minority Leader: John McKinney (R)
Legislative Aide: Chris Fletcher
Phone: (800) 842-1421
Right to Know CT Advocacy Action: Go here to click and send letters of support for HB 5117 to your representatives and senators, then share with your friends and social networks. Connecticut has the potential to become the first state to pass a mandatory GMO labeling bill and your support is crucial to its success.
Mr. Smith Goes to Hartford – Photos, video and quotes from Friday, March 2, 2012, when the Environment Committee held a news conference, followed by a legislative forum on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) with guest speaker Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology.
Read an even-handed recap of testimony from the Environment Committee’s public hearing on HB 5117, An Act Concerning Genetically-Engineered Foods in the Wall Street Journal: Conn. bill looks to add labels to engineered food, by the Associated Press.
- Read my full testimony here.
- Read all submitted testimony – for or against – here.
- Access the bill here.
In the News:
Thank your to the team from The Hour that attended Don’t Be Fooled By GMOs at the Westport Inn on Sunday, April 1. You did an excellent job covering the event. Thank you to The Westport Inn for donating your space, to the Wakeman Town Farm and Westport Farmers’ Market for sponsoring the event, and special thanks to the Double L Market, Boxcar Cantina, Health in a Hurry, and Catch a Health Habit Cafe for the delicious food donations. Here is a link to the article on The Hour‘s website.
We are so thrilled that Rep. Richard Roy, Rep. Tony Hwang, Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, Rep. Kim Fawcett, Rep Brenda Kupchick and Sue Brand (running for state representative) were able to attend and show their support for HB 5117, a bill that would mandate the labeling of GM foods. And Senator Blumenthal came just as he said he would and spoke about the importance of telling the FDA that we want GM foods labeled.