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Call Governor Bryant by March 18th!

Senate Bill 2687 relating to menu labeling preemption was passed out of the House and signed by both the Speaker of the House and the Lt. Governor. This bill is now on Governor Bryant’s desk, where he has said he will sign it. We are very disappointed in his decision.

However, there is still time! We have until Monday, March 18th to let our voices be heard. This is not just an “anti-Bloomberg bill”. Since the bill is so broadly written, it will have many unintended consequences; one being that it could possibly prohibit cities from promoting healthy foods and healthy programs.

Call (601) 359-3150 and leave the following message at Governor Bryant's office:

Please VETO Senate Bill 2687! Senate Bill 2687 is not right for Mississippi! Passing legislation that will restrict my city's ability to become healthier is a step in the wrong direction and the State of Mississippi cannot afford to move backwards in addressing the growing epidemic of obesity.

The American Heart Association opposes any legislation that restricts local governments from addressing the health concerns of its citizens. Additionally, Senate Bill 2687 is so broadly written that it is unclear what local rights the measure is even proposing to take away from cities and counties – this includes programs and ordinances that are already in existence. Passing a bill that would be this restrictive is a step in the wrong direction.

Hurry and tell Governor Bryant that we cannot afford to take a step backward in the fight to make our state healthier.

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What will happen to menu labeling in Mississippi?

This week at the State Capitol, the House and Senate voted in favor of restricting the ways your local government can improve the health of its community. House Bill 1182 passed the Senate floor and Senate Bill 2687 passed the House floor. These bills are now headed to the Governor’s desk for him to sign into law. We are working hard to get Governor Bryant to veto these bills and need your help!

Call the Governor's office today at (601) 359-3150 and leave the following message:

Please VETO Senate Bill 2687 and House Bill 1182! These bills are not right for Mississippi. Passing legislation that will restrict my city’s ability to become healthier is a step in the wrong direction and the State of Mississippi cannot afford to move backwards in addressing the growing epidemic of obesity.

A joint letter was sent to the Governor by the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the Mississippi Municipal League and the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi. In the letter, we gave our reasons for opposition and asked for the Governor for a veto. We feel that these bills were fast-tracked by an organization outside of the state and are not right for Mississippi. More time, research and education need to be done to figure out what is best for our state. 

The American Heart Association opposes any legislation that restricts local governments from addressing the health concerns of its citizens. Additionally, these bills are so broad that it is unclear what local rights the measure is even proposing to take away from cities and counties; this is including programs and ordinances that are already in existence.

Will you please hurry and call the Governor's office today? Together, we can protect your local government's right to choose how they'd like to improve the health of their community.

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