Sunday, April 13, 2014
Jackson County Genetically Modified Organism Ban, Measure 15-119 (May 2014) - Ballotpedia: "
A Jackson County Genetically Modified Organism Ban, Measure 15-119 ballot question will be on the May 20, 2014 election ballot for voters in Jackson County, Oregon.
A group of local petitioners in Oregon called GMO-Free Jackson County, hopeful of banning genetic modification and engineering in Jackson County, filed petitions for this measure with over 6,700 signatures on January 2, 2013. The initiative would also call on the county to provide inspections and allow enforcement through citizen lawsuits.
Although state legislators, who approved Senate Bill 863 in 2013, prohibiting counties except Jackson County from regulating or banning GMOs, intended this measure to be the last of its kind, activists in Josephine County have moved forward with a similar initiative, Measure 17-58, despite the new state law.
GMO-Free Jackson County is working with GMO-Free Josephine County, which is coordinating a similar measure, Measure 17-58, to bring about a GMO-free Rogue Valley.
According to County Administrator Danny Jordan, enforcement of Measure 15-119 would cost the county a minimum of $219,000 per year.
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