As expected, the state House of Representatives on Monday gave final approval to a bill requiring foods with genetically modified ingredients carry labels.
The measure, which cleared the chamber by a vote of 134 to 3 after about five minutes of debate, contains several triggers designed to mute the potential cost of labeling to the manufacturers: For the legislation to take effect four states–including bordering Connecticut–must pass a similar bill. In addition, any combination of northeastern states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania or New Jersey), with an aggregate population of at least 20 million people, must approve labeling legislation.
Immediately after the vote, cheers could be heard outside the Hall of the House from advocates who had been pushing the labeling requirement.
It now heads to the desk of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is expected to sign it.