HB 2739 survived the deadline! Biotech patent holders would be legally responsible for losses caused by their genetically engineered crops in Oregon if this bill is passed.
Oregon GMO liability bill survives Legislature’s deadline
April 18, 2017 | House Bill 2739 would allow landowners to sue biotech patent holders for the unwanted presence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, on their land.
The bill has now been referred to the House Rules Committee, which isn’t subject to an April 18 legislative deadline that recently killed other proposals.
Even though the bill wasn't sent to the House Rules Committee "with a bow on top," recommending passage, it's nonetheless good news for the Center for Food Safety, a group that supports more GMO regulation, said Amy van Saun, legal fellow with the organization.
"For me, it was a great sign that it wasn't allowed to die," said van Saun.
Amendments to the bill are being discussed, but those remain confidential, she said.
Class action lawsuits have already been filed over GMO contamination of non-biotech crops, but HB 2739 would provide farmers with legal recourse in more limited instances of cross-pollination, she said.
"We would be a pioneer in doing something like this," van Saun said.