Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Mississippi House Bill would prohibit restaurants from serving obese people...

I can't believe this---Mississipppi House Bill #282

House Bill 282

AN ACT TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FROM SERVING FOOD TO ANY PERSON WHO IS OBESE, BASED ON CRITERIA PRESCRIBED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO PREPARE WRITTEN MATERIALS THAT DESCRIBE AND EXPLAIN THE CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A PERSON IS OBESE AND TO PROVIDE THOSE MATERIALS TO THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO MONITOR THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

SECTION 1. (1) The provisions of this section shall apply to any food establishment that is required to obtain a permit from the State Department of Health under Section 41-3-15(4)(f), that operates primarily in an enclosed facility and that has five (5) or more seats for customers.

(2) Any food establishment to which this section applies shall not be allowed to serve food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the State Department of Health after consultation with the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management established under Section 41-101-1 or its successor. The State Department of Health shall prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese, and shall provide those materials to all food establishments to which this section applies. A food establishment shall be entitled to rely on the criteria for obesity in those written materials when determining whether or not it is allowed to serve food to any person.

(3) The State Department of Health shall monitor the food establishments to which this section applies for compliance with the provisions of this section, and may revoke the permit of any food establishment that repeatedly violates the provisions of this section.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2008.



Apparently the authors--Representatives W.T. Mayhall Jr., John Read, and Bobby Shows must have nothing else to do. There must be no more pressing issues going on in Mississippi.

Yep, must be nothing else pressing...

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous2/05/2008

    Kinda funny in a bizarre way. So, if a bar patron has an accident on the way home and sues the bartender who served the drinks, what are the implications for waiters? Unless there is evidence that feeding obese people is dangerous to the public well-being, servers are likely to get off scot-free!

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  2. Anonymous2/06/2008

    This is absolutely depressing. To think that such nonsense could even be proposed in the freest country on the face of this earth. Does it even make sense that some people support Jack Kevorkian with assisted suicide or a "woman's right to choose" to kill her baby and then say we don't have the freedom to choose what we eat? -- ST

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