‘Anti-Bloomberg’ bill would prohibit cities, counties in Kansas from regulating junk food

The Kansas House advanced a bill Thursday that would prohibit local governments from regulating the nutritional content of food sold in restaurants, vending machines or other retail establishments.

House Bill 2595 is an example of what’s commonly known as “anti-Bloomberg” legislation, named after former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose administration tried to ban the sale of large sugary drinks in the city.

The bill in Kansas would provide that only the Legislature can enact regulations governing food nutrition or “consumer incentives” offered with food and nonalcoholic beverages served in restaurants, retail food establishments and vending machines.

Those consumer incentives include things such as toys that come with kids’ meals in fast food restaurants, as well as contests, games, prizes and other incentives that are offered to encourage people to buy certain foods or meals.

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