Republican State Representative John Read of Gautier, Mississipi has proposed a law to prohibit restaurants from serving obese people. He says he doesn't expect the law to pass, but wrote the bill to make a statement. From the Associated Press:
"I was trying to shed a little light on the number one problem in Mississippi," said Republican Rep. John Read of Gautier, who acknowledges that at 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds, he'd probably have a tough time under his own bill...Link (Thanks, Lindsay Tiemeyer!)
The state House Public Health Committee chairman, Democrat Steve Holland of Plantersville, said he is going to "shred" the bill.
"It is too oppressive for government to require a restaurant owner to police another human being from their own indiscretions," Holland said Monday.
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