Three Hawaii Senate committees have deferred consideration of a House bill (H.B. 174) that would have prohibited the sale of any “imported genetically engineered [GE] produce intended for human consumption within the State” unless “the fact of genetic engineering is disclosed clearly and conspicuously with a label bearing the words ‘genetically engineered’ directly on the produce offered for retail sale.” Sen. Rosalyn Baker (D-Dist. 6), who chairs the Consumer Protection Committee, reportedly indicated that lawmakers were concerned that the labeling might affect the island’s food industry. She also noted that state senators are instead considering a resolution for more research into genetically modified organisms. See Associated Press, March 21, 2013.