Anti-Bloomberg Bill to Become Law

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'll sign a new law to prevent cities or counties from banning extra-large soft drinks or requiring restaurants to list calorie counts on menus.

Bryant says he opposes local restrictions because he sees them as "nanny state" interference into private business practices.

Health advocates urged Bryant to veto the bill, but he says it's up to consumers, not government, to make healthful food choices.

Mississippi lawmakers called the measure the anti-Bloomberg bill, because New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attempted to limit the portion sizes of sugary drinks there. That effort was struck down by a New York judge this week.

Bloomberg said on his WOR Radio show Friday that Mississippi has the highest obesity rate in the nation. He said life expectancy is low there compared to the Northeast. He called the anti-Bloomberg bill "ridiculous."

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