In 2014, Vermont passed the first legislation in the U.S. to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. A year earlier, Connecticut and Maine passed GMO labeling bills though these were dependent on several other states passing similar laws. Passages of these three bills were textbook examples of democracy in action. The state´s citizens lobbied their legislatures to introduce the bills, public hearings were held, experts spoke for and against the bills and lawmakers debated the measures. The bills ultimately passed because the lawmakers recognized that the People wanted them approved. Vermont´s bill passed overwhelmingly in both the state´s House of Representatives and Senate and Gov. Pete Shumlin signed the bill shortly thereafter.