GMO bills in Hawaii State Legislature

January 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm 1 comment

 The following nine bills pertaining to the regulation of production and distribution of Genetically engineered crops have been introduced to Hawaii state legislature.

To see the progress and current status of each bill, click on the bill number.

SB711
Genetically Engineered Fish; Labeling
– Prohibits the sale of genetically engineered fish or genetically engineered fish products unless for consumption in the State of Hawaii and appropriately labeled as genetically engineered fish or genetically engineered fish products.

SB712
Department of Agriculture; Notification; Genetically Engineered Plants
– Requires the department of agriculture to notify the public of the location of field tests and the intended open field production of genetically engineered plants

SB713
Genetically Engineered Crops; Required Labeling
– Prohibits the sale or distribution of any genetically engineered whole food intended for human consumption in the State that does not have a label conspicuously affixed identifying it as genetically engineered. Defines “genetically engineered food crop”, “modern biotechnology”, and “genetically engineered whole food”.

HB216
Food Labeling; Genetically Engineered Material
Description: Beginning 1/1/12, requires foods sold in the State that contain genetically engineered material to be labeled with a disclosure notice.

HB1534
Genetically-Engineered Food; Labeling
Description: Requires labeling of food products that are genetically-engineered.

HB434
Genetically-Engineered Food; Labeling
– Requires labeling of food products that are genetically engineered.

HB591
Taro Security
– Prohibits genetically modified taro from being developed, tested, propagated, released, imported, planted, or grown in the State.

SB1099
Taro Security
– Prohibits genetically modified taro from being developed, tested, propagated, released, imported, planted, or grown in the State.

HB205
Enterprise Zones; Repeal of Incentives
– Amends the definition of “eligible business activity” and repeals certain tax incentives received by businesses for the research, development, sale, or production of genetically-engineered products within state enterprise zones.

SB745
Enterprise Zones; Seawater Air Conditioning Cooling System
– Allows the sale of cooling from seawater air conditioning district cooling systems (SWAC) to qualify for state enterprise zone benefits.
– Establishes that contractors working on SWAC shall not be exempt from the general excise tax.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jane  |  February 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Does SMS recommend writing letters or email regarding these bills and if so to which legislators (I live in Kihei)? Also does SMS support or oppose any of these bills?

    Reply

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