‘Anti-Bloomberg’ bill passes in Mississippi
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has passed a law people are calling the “anti-Bloomberg bill,” CNN reports, prohibiting city or local governments from enacting regulations like the controversial drink size ban in New York City.
According to a recent Central for Disease Control report, Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the country, at 34.9 percent.
New York state’s obesity rate was 24.5 percent as of 2011.
But Bryant reportedly told CNN that obesity among children in his state has dropped 13.3 percent between 2005 and 2011.
The New York Post recently depicted Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Mary Poppins hovering over the city, a play on his “Nanny Bloomberg” nickname.
The mayor responded favorably to the drawing.
“That’s one of the most wonderful cartoons I’ve ever seen,” he said.
He reiterated his stance in a speech following the judge’s ruling, insisting he was doing what was best for the people in his city.
“I take that as a great badge of honor,” the mayor insisted. “I can’t think of anything I like [more]. It says we’re trying to do something: Save lives.”
The Mississippi lawmaker who sponsored the bill, state Sen. Tony Smith, is also a restaurant owner.
“If the market demands that I serve a more healthy food, I’ll do that to meet the market demand,” Smith said. “But … why should I risk my capital, my hard work, my efforts that I’ve put into build a restaurant on the thinking of what a government official thinks?”
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