Maine Governor Paul LePage has confirmed that he will sign a bill to require food producers to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. He will sign the measure when lawmakers reconvene after the current legislative session adjourns.
The delayed signing will likely make the bill effective in January and give the state time to plan its response to what officials believe is an inevitable lawsuit by the food production and agribusiness industry. It will also enable Maine to monitor action in other states.
Maine’s Attorney General Janet Mills says that she cannot guarantee that her office would be able to defend the constitutionality of the bill, which won’t go into effect until five contiguous states, including Maine, pass similar legislation.
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