Dietary Determination: Under Government Purview?
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Lawmakers in Mississippi take a contrary approach. This week the state legislature overwhelmingly approved what they're calling the Anti-Bloomberg Bill. Mississippi cities and towns are now barred from passing local laws to limit portion sizes. State law still requires franchises with more than 20 outlets to list dietary information.
Mississippi State Senator Tony Smith who, by the way, owns a chain of five barbeque restaurants, wrote the bill, saying Bloomberg-style laws are a bother to small businesses. Governor Phil Bryant signed it saying, it's simply not the role of government to micro-regulate citizens' dietary decisions. Senator Smith says local governments can use their energy to make more community gardens and farmers markets; put physical education into schools and send healthy food messages out on social media.
So what do you think? Please tell us on Twitter @nprweekend and I'm @nprscottsimon.
(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.