Conn. House rejects ban on modified grass seed

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly has rejected a proposed ban on genetically modified grass seed that was approved by the Senate.

The Democrat-controlled House voted 103-37 on Thursday against the bill that was pushed by Democratic leaders.

Supporters of the legislation say The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. of Marysville, Ohio, will soon be releasing a genetically modified grass seed resistant to pesticides and herbicides. Supporters are worried use of the seed would spark a dramatic increase in chemical lawn treatments that harm the environment.

Bill opponents say the new seed is still being studied and there isn't proof a ban is needed.

More than 200 people in Connecticut are employed by Scotts Miracle-Gro. A Scotts spokesman says banning a product before research is complete would send a chilling message.

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