GM grass ban rejected in Connecticut after House and Senate split

| | April 11, 2014
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On Thursday, less than 24 hours after the Senate approved a bill banning genetically modified grass seed, the House found bipartisan agreement to kill it.

The bill was a top priority for outgoing Senate President Donald Williams. But House Speaker Brendan Sharkey was not sold on the idea or consulted about the bill. In a show of bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans worked Thursday to defeat it by a 103-37 vote.

Genetically modified grass isn’t on the market yet, but supporters worry about what will happen if it gets out there. Proponents of the legislation say the genetically modified grass would increase the use of glyphosate or other herbicides because it would be resistant to those herbicides.

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A number of lawmakers, even those who supported the bill, said they were insulted the bill wasn’t raised for a public hearing.

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