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General Assembly



February Session, 2012

LCO No. 5102



Offered by:


REP. ROY, 119th Dist.

REP. HURLBURT, 53rd Dist.

REP. HWANG, 134th Dist.

REP. CAMILLO, 151st Dist.


To: Subst. House Bill No. 5117

File No. 307

Cal. No. 248

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2012) For the purposes of this section and sections 2 to 5, inclusive, of this act:

(1) "Cultivated commercially" means grown or raised by a person in the course of his or her business or trade and sold within the United States; and

(2) "Genetically engineered" means any food that is produced from an organism or organisms in which the genetic material changed through the application of: (A) In vitro nucleic acid techniques, including recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) techniques and the direct injection of nucleic acid into cells or organelles, or (B) fusion of cells, including protoplast fusion, or hybridization techniques that overcome natural physiological, reproductive or recombination barriers, where the donor cells or protoplasts do not fall within the same taxonomic family, in a way that does not occur by natural multiplication or natural recombination.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2012) The Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, may adopt regulations, pursuant to chapter 54 of the general statutes, that establish best practices for farmers who cultivate commercially any genetically-engineered crop. Such regulations may require the implementation of practices by such farmers to: (1) Eliminate or minimize the degree to which such genetically-engineered crop affects neighboring lands, and (2) minimize the amount of herbicides used by such farmers to eradicate herbicide-resistant weeds.

Sec. 3. (Effective October 1, 2012) Not later than October 15, 2012, the Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of the environment and consumer protection on a method to implement a program that will provide preference in the display of food items at retail establishments for any food item that is voluntarily labeled in such a manner as to indicate whether such food item is genetically engineered or contains genetically-engineered ingredients.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2012) Not later than October 15, 2012, the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, in consultation with the Commissioners of Agriculture, Public Health and Energy and Environmental Protection, shall publish a list on the Department of Consumer Protection's Internet web site that indicates those raw agricultural commodities known to be genetically engineered. The commissioner shall update such list not less than once every calendar year.

Sec. 5. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2012) Not later than January 1, 2013, the Commissioner of Administrative Services, in consultation with the State Contracting Standards Board, the Department of Agriculture and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, shall develop recommendations for the implementation of state agency procurement guidelines that will provide a preference for the use and purchase of processed foods and raw agricultural commodities that are voluntarily labeled to indicate whether such processed food or raw agricultural commodity contains genetically-engineered ingredients or is genetically engineered, respectively. Concomitantly, the commissioner shall submit any requisite statutory or regulatory changes for the implementation of such recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 2

October 1, 2012

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Sec. 3

October 1, 2012

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Sec. 4

October 1, 2012

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Sec. 5

October 1, 2012

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