Vermont bill sets up legal defense fund on GMOs


MONTPELIER (AP) - A Vermont House committee is slated to hear about the Senate's version of a bill to require labeling of genetically engineered foods - a version that includes a legal defense fund against anticipated industry lawsuits.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Sears was expected to testify before the House Agriculture and Forest Products Committee about a provision that would set up a legal fund of $1.5 million.

Lawmakers supporting the bill to require labeling of genetically modified foods say they fear industry lawsuits challenging whether food policy should be set by the federal government, not states.

Vermont has a losing track record in court on some highest-profile instances when its liberal Legislature passed laws that were later overturned in court after challenges by business interests.


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