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Call Governor Bryant by March 18th!

by Julie H. on Sunday, March 17, 2013

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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