- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mississippi lawmakers have proposed an “Anti-Bloomberg Bill” that would prohibit local governments from posing rules that would require food nutrition labeling.

The bill received wide bipartisan support in the fattest state in the union and is expected to be signed by Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, NPR reports. Rep. Gregory Holloway, a Democrat, lead the bill through the state House.

Mike Cashion, executive director of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association, said the bill is a direct reaction to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s overreaching rules into individuals’ personal health.

“If you look at how menus have changed, whether it be in fast food or family dining, you are seeing more and more healthy options,” Mr. Cashion told NPR. “Not because of legislative mandates or regulatory mandates, but because of consumer demand. Our industry has always been one to respond to the marketplace.”

But the mayor of Hernando, Miss., says the bill is stepping on the very thing it is aimed to protect — freedom.

“You know what? If little Alligator, Miss., wanted to do that, that’s up to the people that live there. It is not up to the state to tell the people at the local level what to do,” Mayor Chip Johnson told NPR. “They’re just using this to mask what the bill is really about, which is about taking away home rule.”

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