The vote was on an amended bill (attached) that includes an emergency exemption for applying to Council to use a GMO remedy for a conventional crop experiencing substantial harm by a plant pestilence and where there is no alternative solution. The exemption would be granted for 5 years with possibility of renewal. All available measures must be taken to insure against contamination of other crops/plants, water sources, and effects from pesticides.
Not ideal, but Councilmember Wille explained that she wrote it to dispel fears of interested parties. She described GMO crops as a 30% tool that if used, will drop markets by 70%, and that this factor would reduce the motivation to apply for emergency exemption.
The registration section was also amended to withhold the exact location of GMO cultivation to public access, to address fears of GMO growers.