Miss. governor gets bill to ban portion size restrictions - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

Miss. governor gets bill to ban portion size restrictions

Updated:

 

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - It's up to Gov. Phil Bryant to protect the Big Gulp and the Happy Meal in Mississippi.

The House passed the final version of Senate Bill 2687 on a 92-26 vote Wednesday. It bars local governments from requiring nutritional information, restricting portion sizes, or barring toys in kids' meals.

The bill, introduced by Picayune Republican Sen. Tony Smith, is meant to keep Mississippi cities and counties from modeling rules after cities like New York. There, restaurants menus must display calorie counts and soft drinks are limited to 16 ounce servings.

Federal rankings show nearly 35 percent of Mississippi adults were very fat in 2011, worst in the nation. Opponents say local governments need to be able to fight obesity.

The law would take effect as soon as Bryant signs it.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

3/6/2013 3:27:25 PM (GMT -6:00)

 

Powered by WorldNow

Fox 8 WVUE-TV
Louisiana Media Company, LLC.
1025 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70125

General Number: (504) 486-6161
News Tips: (504) 483-1503
News Room Fax: (504) 483-1543

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVUE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.