- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansan municipalities may be prohibited from creating nutrition labeling on food or non-alcoholic beverages sold in restaurants, cafeterias or vending machines under a measure being considered by the House.

The proposal would forbid local governments from barring certain foods to be sold because of its nutritional content. It also prevents municipalities from restricting the growing of livestock or food crops approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Kansas representatives gave the bill first round approval with a 77-37 vote Thursday.

Supporters say the measure makes nutrition labeling and food sale consistent, while opponents argue it infringes on local control. Republican Rep. Kristey Williams, of Augusta, successfully proposed a change to the bill that would allow local officials to maintain zoning rules for maintaining livestock in cities.

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