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Proposed “Anti Big Brother Government” Amendment Rejected

April 25, 2013

The Massachusetts’ House of Representatives has wisely rejected a proposed amendment to the budget bill, titled “Anti Big Brother Government,” that would have prohibited localities from limiting beverage serving sizes or restricting the use of toy incentives in meals.

Across the country, states and localities have always played a vital role in safeguarding the public’s health and safety. “Anti Big Brother Government” would have undermined this historically recognized power, asserted Jennifer Pomeranz, JD, MPH Director of Legal Initiatives at the Rudd Center.

“The Massachusetts’s House voted for rational government control over public health by rejecting this preemptive amendment. The people of Massachusetts are entitled to know that some of their elected officials are surreptitiously attempting to obstruct local government’s ability to protect citizens’ health. Unless there is a compelling reason to do so based on broader policy objectives, state governments should not preempt local jurisdictions’ ability to address public health and food safety,” said Pomeranz.