AUGUSTA — The sponsor of a Maine bill designed to make it easier to label foods made with the use of genetically modified organisms says she’ll push for a public vote.

The state has a law that will require labels if five contiguous states, including Maine, approve labeling. Rep. Michelle Dunphy of Old Town sponsors a bill that would scrap the trigger provision.

Dunphy has proposed sending the issue to voters. The Legislature’s agriculture committee voted against the idea last month. Dunphy says she’ll advocate for a public vote when the bill reaches the full House.

Maine’s GMO law has an automatic repeal provision if other states don’t pass labeling by 2018. The Agriculture Committee supported pushing back repeal to 2022.

Broad scientific consensus says genetically engineered food is safe to eat.