Mississippi governor reviews ‘Anti-Bloomberg’ bill

by Joe Sutton and Dana Ford, CNN  |  published on March 15, 2013

sugary drinksSuper size? Yes, please, say Mississippi lawmakers.

The same day a judge blocked a ban on the sale of large, sugary drinks in New York City, senators in Mississippi approved, by a 50-1 vote, a bill that would prevent similar efforts in their state.

The legislation is known as the “Anti-Bloomberg” bill because the proposed ban in New York is supported by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“We believe there’s enough regulation,” said Mississippi state Sen. Tony Smith, the bill’s author and a restaurant owner.

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“If the market demands that I serve a more healthy food, I’ll do that to meet to the market demand,” he said. “But … why should I risk my capital, my hard work, my efforts that I’ve put in to build a restaurant on the thinking of what a government official thinks?”

On Tuesday, one day after the bill passed the Senate, the office of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said the proposal is under review.

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