Southern Oregon’s mountainous Josephine County approved a home-grown ordinance banning genetically engineered plants in Tuesday’s election, but it may never get put on the books.
Oregon’s Legislature last year passed a bill, SB 863, making regulation of GMOs a matter of statewide concern, with Jackson County exempt because a local initiative had already qualified for the ballot. Any other local measures were pre-empted.
The preliminary ballot count on May 21 has the Josephine ban passing handily, 15,965 to 11,447.
County Counsel Steve Rich has said he expects a lawsuit challenging the Oregon law if the Josephine measure passed.
— Tam Moore