GMO Measure In Lane County Rejected As "Too Broad"

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th July NewsGMOLane CountySupport Local Food Rights
- An initiative to ban genetically modified crops in Lane County has been rejected as too broad. County Clerk Cheryl Betschart said in a letter to a petitioner the proposed "local food ordinance" violates state requirements that ballot measures address only a single subject. Similar measures in Benton County have been rejected on similar grounds. A more narrowly drawn measure is scheduled for the Jackson County ballot next year. The Eugene Register-Guard reports that backers of the Lane County petition say they'll ask a judge to overrule the clerk's decision. The measure aims "to create and protect a local food system" and says that in Lane County the ordinance would supplant state or federal regulations and the rights of any agricultural corporation.

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