In 2012 California voted on a GMO label law known as Proposition 37. This law was narrowly defeated, thanks in no small part, to a last minute 40 million dollar plus media blitz by corporate opponents. Since that time, only Vermont has succeeded in passing a state-wide GMO label law.
Notwithstanding the bitter defeat of Proposition 37, the good people of California have been continuously striving toward having a modified version of Proposition 37 made into law. That version is known as SB 1381 and was purported to be a simpler version of Proposition 37.
On May 29, 2014 SB 1381 was put to a vote by California Senate legislators. In order to pass and move on to a vote in California's upper chamber, the bill need a minimum of 21 votes in favor. Unfortunately the bill fell just short, with 19 votes in favor and 16 votes against. Although reportedly in California the vast majority of the people are in favor of a GMO label law, the politicians empowered to represent the people have once again failed to do so.
At least in California they are continuously and aggressively striving to pick up the ball dropped by President Obama, when he went back on his word and failed to implement a federal GMO label law. In contrast in New York State, which boasts to have "the city that never sleeps," efforts to pass a GMO label law are moving forward at what appears to be a narcoleptic pace. Notwithstanding this latest defeat in California the people must keep on fighting, as you have to lose some battles in order to win the war.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.