Washington

2014

HB 2143 was introduced in January 2014 by Representative Cary Condotta, and would require the following labeling on salmon: “Private sector cultured aquatic salmon or salmon products as farm-raised salmon; Commercially caught salmon or salmon products as commercially caught salmon; or Genetically engineered salmon or salmon products as being genetically engineered.”

You can read the bill here and track its status here.

2013

Washington state has an initiative filed for the November 5th, 2013 ballot, but this measure could also be adopted by the state legislature prior to the election.

On January 4, 2013, advocates for open and transparent food labeling submitted more than 340,000 signatures to file Initiative 522, “The People’s Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act” to qualify for the November ballot. The

If passed, I-522 “would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, and seeds and seed stocks, if produced using genetic engineering as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale.”

On January 17, 2013, Senate Bill 5073 was introduced to the Washington Senate by Senators Chase, Kline, Keiser, Rolfes, and Hasegawa.

In Washington, I-522 was filed as an initiative to the Legislature, which means it would first go to the Legislature for possible adoption. Currently hearings are taking place in the Senate and the House to determine if state legislators will pass the bill as drafted, make amendments to the bill, or the initiative will go to a vote by citizens on November 5th, 2013.

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