Kansas Senate leaves rBST milk labels on ag committee floor

No crying over milk labeling: The Kansas Senate apparently won’t even attempt to override former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’s veto of legislation (as described in the Lawrence Journal-World) bearing complicated milk-labeling rules. The proposed law would have restricted dairies that wanted to tell customers that they don’t treat their cows with the artificial bovine growth hormone known as rBGH or rBST. Instead, the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday considered the vetoed bill and “gutted the existing language…that referred to milk labeling,” according to an email that Kansas Sen. Marci Francisco sent constituents today. The committee then created a new version of the bill combining provisions from its earlier version and other bills regarding pesticides, dairy fees, and regulatory oversight. The Senate then approved the new HB2295 on a 40-0 vote, wrote Francisco.

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