Mississippi Passes ‘Anti-Bloomberg Bill’ To Ban Food Regulation


Mississippi Republican Sen. Tony Smith (above), also owner of the Stonewall’s BBQ chain, thinks the government should stay out of people’s mouths and stop trying to control what people eat. Smith is the author of  Mississippi’s “Anti-Bloomberg Bill”, which aims to ban communities from requiring restaurants to post calorie counts on menus and limit portion sizes.  It also forbids rules from banning toys from kids’ meals.

“If we give government a little more control of our personal rights — where does it stop?” Smith said.

 This may be the first time I agree with a Republican, but did you know Mississippi is the most obese state in the nation?

I find it ironic that Smith plays a part in legislating abortion in Mississippi, apparently thinking that  government should control the reproductive rights of women, but not the amount of calories people eat. If you want unlimited ribs, there’s probably a rib shack on every corner, but if you want an abortion, there’s only one place in the state to get one.

Smith’s bill received huge bipartisan support, and the governor is expected to sign it. There were only a few naysayers who said that local government should be allowed to make their own rules.

Chip Johnson, mayor of Hernando and president of the Mississippi Municipal League, disagrees with the law.

“We are still one of the most obese states in the nation, and I think it’s our job to help educate the public,” he said. “Sometimes that might take the form of menu labeling.”

On one hand, you have New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to make his city less fat, but here’s Mississippi, proving they want big government away from their plates and waists.

  • YP

    “The part of it I think should stick is informing consumers of the nutritional information in the foods we buy in restaurants.”

    The law states that municipalities can’t pass laws requiring restaurants to give the nutritional content of the food they serve. While I don’t agree w/Bloomberg’s law banning large beverage purchases, the Mississippi law is completely ridiculous. What is Mississippi going to do next- ban health education in schools?

  • http://gravatar.com/khrish67 khrish67

    You mean that have education? This is one state whose government seems to be second only to Texas for ignorance. Yet they get all this money from the Federal Government. Just let President Obama say that they are right to do the stupid things they do and they will allow all the bans. Poor pitiful fools.

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