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U.S. House Passes GMO Labeling Legislation
The National Law Review, 7/24/15
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 passed the House, in a vote of 275 to 150…The Senate bill would put emphasis on amending federal agriculture laws, not food safety laws, to preempt state labeling efforts on GMOs.H.R.1599 – Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015

Alaska

In Another Loss for Local Control, Alaska Supreme Court Says Voters Can’t Ban Mining
AllGov.com, 7/23/15
Supporters of an anti-mining initiative in Alaska have lost their battle with the state Supreme Court, which threw out the local effort to protect salmon populations. The Save Our Salmon initiative, approved by voters in 2011, would have halted a mining project in Lake and Peninsula Borough by giving local officials the power to veto projects approved by the state Department of Natural Resources. But the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that said the initiative violated state law.

Oklahoma

The ‘Right to Farm’
Grand Lake News, 7/28/15
In Nov. 2016 Oklahomans will vote on SQ 777, deciding whether to turn HJR 1012 (which was passed by the OK state legislature on April 21, 2015) into a constitutional amendment. The bill states that “the Legislature shall pass no law which abridges the right of citizens and lawful residents of Oklahoma to employ agricultural technology and livestock production and ranching practices without a compelling state interest,” and will likely preempt local health and safety regulations of factory farms, also known as CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).

Other

Wave of gun carry deregulation sweeps USA
Examiner, 7/28/15
A pro-gun blog reports on a number of states that have recently adopted laws eliminating the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun. Some states, including Texas, are also amending current law to permit “open carry” of firearms. Among other things, these state laws preempt the authority of local law enforcement agencies to regulate concealed or openly carried firearms.