For the third time, the Oregon Legislature has punted on a bill centered on the labeling of genetically modified food.
House Bill 4100 would have referred the decision to voters. It had a long, contentious hearing in the House Rules Committee before stalling there.
“I think it’s unfortunate that we wouldn’t even give the voters an opportunity to make this decision,” sponsor Rep. Paul Holvey, D-Eugene, said.
But the issue hardly is going away: A governor-appointed task force on genetically modified crops and food is supposed to begin meeting this month. Appointments to the committee have been delayed, but should be complete soon.