Rural Vermont’s – LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
VT Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act – H.722
With the legislative clock ticking down fast, the House Agriculture Committee has scheduled a PUBLIC HEARING for Thurs. April 12, 6:30-8:30 in Room 11 at the State House. PLEASE HELP US FILL THE STATE HOUSE WITH PEOPLE WHO WANT THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT IS IN THEIR FOOD – NOW!
For more information … call Rural Vermont at 223-7222.
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Don’t Frack Vermont Forum
Thursday, March 28 7-8:30 p.m.
Capitol Plaza Hotel – Governor’s Ballroom
100 State St. Montpelier
The forum is free, but please register here.
VNRC is partnering with VPRIG and 350VT to host the forum. Panelist include:
Bill McKibben—Author, environmentalist and Schumann Distinguished Scholar, Middlebury College
Paul Burns—Executive Director, VPIRG
Wes Gillingham—Program Director, Catskill Mountainkeepers, a leading anti-fracking group in New York
Tracy Bach—Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
Ginny Lyons—Chair, Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee
We look forward to seeing you there and thanks for all you do!
The VNRC Team
full text – http://www.vnrc.org/article/view/54946/1/620/
(text excerpt from) Rural Vermont’s – LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: March 16, 2012
YOU DID IT! Thank You.
H.722, the bill that will require genetically modified food sold in Vermont to be labeled, IS STILL ALIVE in the State House.
After several long days of compelling testimony and a huge outpouring of public support, House and Senate leaders agreed today to give the bill more time to complete the legislative process. Without this special consideration, the bill would have failed to meet today’s “crossover” deadline.
The latest info we have is that the House Agriculture Committee will be able to continue their work and will likely hold their vote on it within two weeks.
Thank you for taking the time to contact your representatives and helping to turn the tide that was definitely running against the bill as late as this morning….
After the Ag Committee votes on it, the bill will then have to pass through the Joint Committee on Rules since they are the ones who granted it a “hall pass” to not have to meet the crossover deadline. The bill may also have to be reviewed by another House Committee before it gets to a House floor vote and then it has to do basically the same series of steps on the Senate side – all by the end of April…
On Town Meeting Day in Vermont, at least 60 towns urged Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to restore limits on corporate campaign spending. In the Senate, Bernie has proposed the Saving American Democracy Amendment to undo the Supreme Court ruling in a case called Citizens United. “The people of Vermont have seen the huge campaign contributions being made by billionaires and large corporations because of Citizens United, and they understand how horrendous this is for the future of American democracy,” Bernie said. “Vermont is helping to lead the nation on this important issue.”