Mississippi is just the kind of place one might expect to find a backlash against the "organic agenda." Apparently spurred on by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (newly tossed out) pet ban on big sodas, Mississippi is currently on the verge of passing a bill that would bar every local government in the state from requiring that restaurants post calorie counts or cap portion sizes.
A far-reaching, big-government bill to counter other far-reaching, big-government bills? Uh, sure, Mississippi. NPR has the full scary deets:
"The Anti-Bloomberg Bill" garnered wide bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature in a state where one in three adults is obese, the highest rate in the nation.
The bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican. It was the subject of intense lobbying by groups including the restaurant association, the small business and beverage group, and the chicken farmers' lobby.
"The chicken farmers' lobby" could be a caption for an unfunny New Yorker cartoon, but in Mississippi it's also apparently a powerful business group -- though hardly the only one with skin in this game.