Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Overbearing, Onerous, Overregulatory-Part 2

Did you know that restaurants are trying to kill you? We need legislation (introduced by Rep. Lee Gonzales) to protect you from the evil restaurateurs! Thank goodness the Legislature is in session...

HB 4194 to require restaurants to print on their menus or on table tents a list of any foods containing trans fatty acids, with the text of the notice to be at least 11 point type and a color that contrasts with the rest of the menu.

HB 4195 to prohibit restaurants that are part of a chain with more than 20 stores in the state from using lipids (oil or shortening) containing trans fatty acids in their cooking, and to impose record keeping requirements on restaurants related to this.

HB 4197 to give preference in the awarding of contracts for the operation of cafeterias in public facilities to firms that do not use trans fatty acids in food preparation.

Many of the important bills we introduce never see the light of day, but in fact, a notice has gone out that there will be a workgroup meeting of legislators and interested parties Wednesday, June 27th in Lansing to discuss this bill and decide when to move it out of committee.

"If it moves, tax it. If it slows down, regulate it. It is stops, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan.

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