California GMO Label Law Defeated Again

by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.In 2012 California voted on a GMO label law known as Proposition 37.  This law was narrowly defeated, thanks in no small part, to a last minute 40 million dollar plus media blitz by corporate opponents.  Since that time, only Vermont has succeeded in passing a state-wide GMO label law.Notwithstanding the bitter defeat of Proposition 37, the good people of California have been continuously striving toward having a modified version of Proposition 37 made into law.  That version is known as SB 1381 and was purported to be a simpler version of Proposition 37.

On May 29, 2014 SB 1381 was put to a vote by California Senate legislators.  In order to pass and move on to a vote in California’s upper chamber, the bill need a minimum of 21 votes in favor.  Unfortunately the bill fell just short, with 19 votes in favor and 16 votes against.  Although reportedly in California the vast majority of the people are in favor of a GMO label law, the politicians empowered to represent the people have once again failed to do so.

At least in California they are continuously and aggressively striving to pick up the ball dropped by President Obama, when he went back on his word and failed to implement a federal GMO label law.  In contrast in New York State, which boasts to have “the city that never sleeps,” efforts to pass a GMO label law are moving forward at what appears to be a narcoleptic pace.  Notwithstanding this latest defeat in California the people must keep on fighting, as you have to lose some battles in order to win the war.

Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.

Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
Paul A. Lauto, Esq. completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1987, with a major in political science and a double minor in socio-legal studies and moral-legal issues in philosophy. Mr. Lauto received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1990 and was admitted in 1991 to practice in the courts of New York State, as well as the Eastern and Southern Districts of the United States District Court.

Mr. Lauto has primarily focused on personal injury throughout his career and previously worked as in-house counsel to a major insurance company. In 2002 Mr. Lauto established Paul A. Lauto, PLLC, with a primary concentration on personal injury, all types of accident cases, Wills, Trusts and Estates and more. Paul is the sole author of his Scales of Justice blog, which provides updates and information about current legal stories in the news and how they may affect our lives. Mr. Lauto prides himself on providing clients maximum results, with a high level of personal attorney service and attention that is uncommon in the profession. For more information please visit