GMO Labeling Bill Update

June 4, 2014 Update from our friends at MA Right to Know GMOs:

GMO labeling bill just introduced in new legislative session: help recruit co-sponsors!

Posted on January 13, 2015 by MA Right to Know GMOs

Great news: Yesterday (01/13/15), our legislative champions filed a GMO labeling bill in the Massachusetts legislature for the 2015-16 legislative session. Now we need YOUR help to recruit a majority of lawmakers to co-sponsor the bill before the end of the month. Let’s start the new session with a bang!

In the last legislative session, 2013-14, the Massachusetts GMO labeling bill made it further than it ever had before, and we went from 20 original co-sponsors to 146 legislators who expressed their support by the end of the session. Because of YOU (over 40,000 emails, signatures and comments to legislators), we made GMO labeling a high-profile issue in the State House. Please help us pick up where we left off and make 2015 the year that Massachusetts labels GMOs!

We have bipartisan support in both the house and senate and we’re getting everyone behind one bill. Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst), Representative Todd Smola (R-Palmer), Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem) and Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) have stepped up as the chief sponsors of the new GMO labeling bill. The bill has a temporary docket number: H.D.369.

We’re starting with those 4 chief sponsors and we need your help to get to 101 co-sponsors (a majority of the 200 seats) by the January 30th deadline..

How to take action:

  1. Find out who your state representative and senator are, here, and copy their email addresses to a new email:  http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

  1. Click here to see if your elected officials have previously indicated their support for GMO labeling. We will also update this sheet as legislators sign on as co-sponsors.http://bit.ly/1fiooqn

  1. Send your elected officials an email asking them to co-sponsor the GMO labeling bill, H.D.369 (talking points, below) and PLEASE “cc” us at masslabelgmos@gmail.comso that we know who’s getting emails. Please personalize the email, at least a little bit, and be sure to include their name! If they have not yet co-sponsored, ask them to. If they have, thank them!

  1. Be sure to email BOTH your senator and representative (and please cc us at     masslabelgmos@gmail.com).

H.D.369 is essentially a refile of the bill that was advanced out of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture during the 2013-14 session. Click here for a 2 page fact-sheet summary of the legislation, and feel free to pass it along to your legislators!

Massachusetts now has the opportunity to join with Connecticut, Maine in Vermont in a regional tipping point toward a national GMO labeling standard. This is an historic moment for food democracy. Thank you for being a part of it!

If your Senator and/or Representative IS listed as a GMO labeling supporter in the past, but has not yet signed on as a co-sponsor, you can say something like:

cc: masslabelgmos@gmail.com
Subject: [don't forget to use a subject line!]
Dear Senator/Representative [Name],

[Introduce yourself, briefly.] Thank you for expressing your support for GMO labeling! As your constituent, I’m hoping that you will co-sponsor the GMO labeling bill, H.D.369, introduced by Rep. Story, Rep. Smola, Sen. Lovely and Sen. Tarr. [Say a few words about why GMO labeling is important to you – make it personal!] Massachusetts has the opportunity to join with Connecticut, Maine and Vermont in a regional tipping point toward a national GMO labeling standard. I hope you will help us lead the way.

Sincerely,
[your name, town]

If your Senator and/or Representative is NOT listed as a GMO labeling supporter, you can say something like:

cc: masslabelgmos@gmail.com
Subject: [don't forget to use a subject line!]
Dear Senator/Representative [Name],

[Introduce yourself, briefly.] As your constituent, I’m asking for you to help protect my right to know what I’m eating. Please co-sponsor the GMO labeling bill H.D.369, introduced by Rep. Story, Rep. Smola, Sen. Lovely and Sen. Tarr. [Say a few words about why GMO labeling is important to you – make it personal!] Massachusetts has the opportunity to join with Connecticut, Maine and Vermont in a regional tipping point toward a national GMO labeling standard. We have a right to know and we need to know if we’re purchasing genetically engineered foods.

Sincerely,
[your name, town]

If your Senator and/or Representative has already co-sponsored the new GMO labeling bill, they still should hear from you!:

cc: masslabelgmos@gmail.com
Subject: [don't forget to use a subject line!]
Dear Senator/Representative [Name],

[Introduce yourself, briefly.] As your constituent, I’m so happy to hear that you’re co-sponsoring the new GMO labeling bill, H.D.369. [Say a few words about why GMO labeling is important to you – make it personal!] I trust that you will do everything in your power to help Massachusetts join with Connecticut, Maine and Vermont in a regional tipping point toward a national GMO labeling standard. Thank you, again, for standing up for my right to know what I’m eating.

Sincerely,
[your name, town]

 

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