Being termed a “seed standardization” bill the proposed legislation would bar counties, municipalities, and other political subdivisions from enacting seed regulations. The TSTA Board of Directors recently voted to support the legislation. The legislation was introduced by member companies of the Biotechnology Information Organization and that coalition is being led by Warren Mayberry, State Government Relations, DuPont/Pioneer.
Sixteen states have passed legislation establishing the state as the regulatory authority for what seed can be grown or planted within the state’s borders. This legislation, if passed in Texas, will circumvent situations that arise in some sates where counties, or other political subdivisions, enact anti-GMO ordinances.