Mississippi Passes Anti-Bloomberg Bill

Mississippi Passes Anti-Bloomberg Bill

A multi-state food fight. Governor Phil Bryant said today he will sign the Anti-Bloomberg bill ensuring towns can't can't limit the size of drinks or food.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said he will sign the 'Anti-Bloomberg' bill, ensuring towns can't limit the size of drinks or food.

Supersized fries? Yes! Route 44 large drink? Why not?

Mississippi, the most obese state in the nation has approved what's being called the 'Anti-Bloomberg' bill. It's a bill in direct response to New York City Mayor Bloomberg's proposed ban on sugary drinks more than 16 ounces.

"I'm overweight myself and needing to make changes to but it is a free country," said Mississippi resident David Thomaszewki.

Governor Bryant said he will sign the new state bill banning communities from requiring restaurants to post nutrition on menus or limit portion sizes.

Mayor Bloomberg fired back Friday, saying the Mississippi bill is ridiculous and life expectancy in the southern state is shorter because of obesity.

"They should be concerned about other things - it's freedom and of course they may look at it as being healthy but it's still freedom. You can't make that decision," said Mississippi resident Kimberly Jones.

Hernando Mississippi Mayor Chip Johnson said he is not a fan of either bill.

"The people in our town do not want to be told what to do and they're not going to tell them what to do. Were going to educate them, give them healthy options and let people make their own choices," he said.

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