Mississippi to Cities: No Banning Sodas
'Anti-Bloomberg bill' will stop counties passing their own NYC-style food laws
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2013 9:00 AM CDT
Mississippi's "Anti-Bloomberg Bill" will restrict towns and counties from regulating nutrition labeling.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

(Newser) – You're going to have to pry 22-ounce sodas from Mississippians' chubby, dead hands, because the most obese state in the union has passed a bill to ban its towns and counties from regulating portion sizes, requiring posted calorie counts, or yanking toys from kids' meals, reports NPR. In a direct response to New York City's recently quashed attempt to cap soda sizes, the "anti-Bloomberg bill" will restrict the regulation of "consumer incentive items and nutrition labeling" to the state legislature alone. The Republican governor is expected to sign it. (Bloomberg himself tells CBS that the Mississippi legislation is a "farce.")

But this latest shot fired in the soda wars has some Mississippians grumbling about the freedom for small towns to set their own health policies. "They're just using this to mask what the bill is really about, which is about taking away home rule," complains one mayor, who has no love for the Bloomberg bill or the Mississippi bill. "If little Alligator, Mississippi, 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."

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Mar 14, 2013 9:27 PM CDT
Will these damned hillbillies make up their minds. I mean it's bad enough that you have southern asshats who want to secede for the union but no you have littler asshats who might want to secede from their states. FREEDOM! Make up you cotton pickin minds,
Mar 14, 2013 8:13 PM CDT
Hey there you go MTV, your next hit reality series after Jersey Shore: 'Mississippi Shore', where your Confederate flag wearing manatee looking cast of blobby young people from Mississippi U. line up at the local Walmart to fill shopping carts with liters of name-brand soda pops on sale for $1.97 each to bring to the Express Line. They ain't gotta worry about no stinkin' N.Y.C. Bloomberg-style law limiting how much sugary drinks they pollute their bodies with, it ought to make for all kind of fun quips from Mississippi's version of Snookie & The Situation ;) I predict a hit. Git 'er filmed!! lol
Mar 14, 2013 9:25 AM CDT
Sent this link to dumblaws.com.