Friday, February 24, 2017

One down, one to go

South Dakota’s senators defeated a bill that called for mandatory labelling of imported meats.

That leaves Wyoming which has yet to vote on a similar bill requiring County of Origin labels at retail.

The South Dakota vote was 21-13, with those opposed saying the state can’t do something the federal government can’t do. The United States lost its COOL labelling regulations when Canada and Mexico challenged it at the World Trade Organization.

Sen. Lance Russell, a Republican from Hot Springs, was prime sponsor of Senate Bill 135 on behalf of the South Dakota Stockgrowers.