GMO labeling bill killed in Senate commitee

Lawmakers say the bill would run into federal, constitutional roadblocks

 UPDATED 4:44 PM HST Mar 21, 2013
HONOLULU -

A bill that would require labeling for produce that was genetically modified was essentially killed in the Senate Agriculture Committee.

House Bill 174 was expected to die earlier in the week, but a public outcry forced the issue to be heard in a hearing Thursday.

More than 100 people testified for and against the proposal.

Lawmakers against the bill say even if they passed it into law, it would immediately run into federal and constitutional roadblocks that would ultimately shut it down.

Committees are now working on a resolution that would recommend major institutions and departments here in the state study the safety of GMOs and the possibility of labeling.  Those would end up being research and recommendations for the next legislative session.

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