Oregon state legislature preempts local regulation of GMO’s

As is its wont, the Oregon State Legislature today passed a bill — as part of a brief “special” session supposedly dedicated to tax and pension reform — that preempts local regulatory authority.  Specifically the bill preempts the authority of local governments to regulate the use of genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds within their jurisdictions.  Opponents of the law say it is essentially a gift to Monsanto.  Governor Kitzhaber is expected to sign the bill soon.