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.