Mississippi Lawmakers Protect Sodas in Fattest State

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(Southaven, MS) Mississippi lawmakers don’t like the New York City ban on big sugary drinks that a judge overturned yesterday.

So they passed the “anti-Bloomberg” bill named after the Big Apple's mayor.

A law that says you can't tell anyone how much they can eat or drink.

The anti-Bloomberg bill is on the desk of Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant waiting to be signed into law.

A huge food fight is brewing in Mississippi.

The state house and senate are weighing in approving a bill keeping large sodas from being banned by county, city or federal governments.

“Mississippi is known for obesity and stuff so I think it would actually be pretty good,” said Darius Collins.

Collins doesn`t think the government should ban sodas but thinks something should be done to cut the fat.

He disagrees with the bill's other plan keeping restaurants from posting nutritional information.

“Individuals should have access to the information on calories and the intake of sugars and fats they`re consuming at these restaurants,” said Collins.

Mary Woodard says laws forcing people to be healthier tip the scales of being too oppressive.

“You don`t have the right to tell me what I can and cannot drink is the way I see it,” said Woodard.

The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program says the bill contributes to the supersized problem and undermines work they are doing.

“We need to let local communities decide what they do and don`t need and lets not hamstring their efforts with a state bill that prevents them from addressing obesity,” said Roy Mitchell with the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program.

Mississippi is acting so quickly because Many New York laws about nutrition have gone on to be federal laws.  So they could be trying to find a way to get ahead of the mandate.