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Lawmakers ask: Would Vermont be sued over GMO labels?

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A Vermont Senate committee is set to address the question of whether Vermont would be sued by biotech or food industries -- and if the state could win -- if it passed a law requiring labels on genetically modified foods.

A bill requiring the labels currently is before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to hear from legal experts about whether a law requiring labeling would withstand a legal challenge.

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Concern about drawing litigation from the biotech or food industries has dogged the GMO labeling bill as it has made its way through the Legislature. The bill passed the House last year.

Some lawmakers have been fearful of litigation, especially since the state lost a federal court battle over its efforts to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

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