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Lane Co. rejects GMO ban

EUGENE (AP) — An initiative to ban genetically modified crops in Lane County has been rejected as too broad.

County Clerk Cheryl Betschart said in a letter to a petitioner the proposed “local food ordinance” violates state requirements that ballot measures address only a single subject.

Similar measures in Benton County have been rejected on similar grounds. A more narrowly drawn measure is scheduled for the Jackson County ballot next year.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that backers of the Lane County petition say they’ll ask a judge to overrule the clerk’s decision.

The measure aims “to create and protect a local food system” and says that in Lane County the ordinance would supplant state or federal regulations and the rights of any agricultural corporation.

Information from: The Register-Guard, www.registerguard.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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