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.
Among those voting for it was Wilton Representative Gail Lavielle and Danbury Representatives David Arconti and Bob Godfrey.