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Citizens’ Initiative Review Named Top 10 Government Innovation by Harvard

June 5, 2015

May 5, 2015

Ash Center Announces Finalists, Top 10 Programs for Public Engagement in Government Award

Cambridge, Mass. – May 5, 2015 – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced the Top 10 programs for the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations in Public Engagement in Government Award, including the four finalists who will compete for the $100,000 grand prize on May 20 … more »

NPR: Voters Will Get Their Say On GMO Labeling In Colorado And Oregon

October 7, 2014

by Luke Runyon, October 07, 2014

Ben Hamilton walks down the salad dressing aisle at his neighborhood grocery store in west Denver. The human resources consultant usually seeks out organic options and scans nutrition information.

“I am a label reader. I think a lot of people read labels and really are curious to know what is in our food supply,” he says. But Hamilton says he wants more information, specifically whether the food he buys … more »

Citizens’ Review Opposes GMO Labeling

August 28, 2014

by Kristin O’Connor, KDRV|Published August 28, 2014

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The statewide debate about labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms might not end on the same side as the local elections.

A recent citizens’ review polled 20 random voters for their recommendations on measures in the election this fall. The panel found that labels required by measure 92 would not give customers any more information than what they can already find in current labeling … more »

Citizens Ballot Review Gets Test Drive With Colorado GMO Label Measure

August 27, 2014

By Stephanie Paige Ogburn|August 27, 2014

Colorado voters will have extra help making up their minds about a ballot initiative to label genetically modified foods.

A new effort, the Colorado Citizens Initiative Review, will produce a voter guide on Proposition 105, a ballot measure that proposes labeling foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The review is a pilot project aimed at helping voters better understand complicated ballot measures.

“We find that voters often say that they … more »

Citizen Panel Narrowly Votes ‘No’ GMO Labelling Measure

August 25, 2014

Willamette Week|August 25, 2014|Samantha Matsumoto

A citizen initiative review narrowly passed a “no” recommendation on a November ballot measure that calls for the labeling of genetically modified foods.

The Oregon Citizen Initiative Review voted 11-9 to oppose Measure 92, which would require food manufacturers and retailers to label foods that contain GMOs.

The 11 members opposed to the initiative said the cost of complying with the measure would increase food costs and that existing organic … more »