Hawaii GMO Labeling Bill

SUBHEAD: Get on board with support of Hawaii State Legislature GMO labeling bill today. Time critical.

By Brad Parsons on 25 January 2014 in Island Breath -

Image above: A pro-GMO post depicting GMO labeling. From (http://akshatrathi.com/2012/05/29/beating-nature-at-its-own-game/).

Friday, January 24th, just after we sent out our most recent update, the Hawaii Senate Health Committee scheduled the first of the GMO Labeling bills for a hearing on January 27th:

Step #1
Review the GMO labeling bill:
Please go to:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2736  It will look like this:

Report Title: Genetically Engineered Material; Labeling Requirements
Description: Establishes, beginning January 1, 2015, labeling requirements for any food or raw agricultural commodity sold in the State that contains a genetically engineered material, or was produced with a genetically engineered material; establishes exceptions; establishes violations; requires director of health to adopt rules.
Current Referral: HTH/CPN, WAM

Sort by DateStatus Text
1/21/2014SPassed First Reading.
1/21/2014SReferred to HTH, CPN.
1/23/2014SRe-Referred to HTH/CPN, WAM.
1/24/2014SThe committee(s) on HTH has scheduled a public hearing on 01-27-14 1:30PM in conference room 229.

S = Senate | H = House | D = Data Systems | $ = Appropriation measure | ConAm = Constitutional Amendment

Step #2
Submit your testimony:
If you don't have an account with (http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov), you can set one up easily and it is free. Click on "Register" button in the upper right-hand corner of page.

Return to SB2736 page and cClick on the blue "Submit Testimony" at top of page and it will take you to a page that looks like this:

you can fill out the information depicted in the above graphic.  Minimum, you only need to highlight the "Support" dot for SB2736, along with your acct. name and email.  If you want under "Additional Comments," you can write a few sentences or paragraphs in support of a GMO Labeling bill.  You can also attach any supporting documentation you want (like a particularly good article on GMO's or labeling) with the "Testimony file to upload" option, but you don't have to.

The most testimony the Hawaii Legislature ever got on this issue was last year with HB174 in four different hearing dates; on one of those dates they received about 1000 pieces of testimony or indications of sentiment.  We've got over 3000 people here.  Let's see if we can top 1000 people showing "Support" for SB2736.  Everybody on this list can participate.  Need Action on this As Soon As Possible in the next 24 hours.  Let's see what we can do to start with on this first one.

Step #3
Get involved with the online petition for Hawaii GMO labeling legislation.

Click here for MoveOn.com petition drive: (http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/gmo-labeling-in-hawaii). This petition for labeling GMOs in Hawaii is going to Hawaii Governor Abercrombie.


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