WV Senate Rejects Calorie Counting Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- The state senate has voted 19-14 to reject a bill that would have required restaurant chains to post calorie counts on menu items for customers to review while ordering.

The bill was part of a set of recommendations stemming from a task force assembled last year to suggest changes to West Virginia's health care system.

Senators who supported the bill included two physicians who talked about the serious problems stemming from obesity in the state.

None of the 19 senators who voted against the measure on Monday spoke against it from the floor. One senator was absent and did not vote.

Senate health committee chairman Roman Prezioso says he's disappointed, but is pushing ahead with the other bills stemming from the task force's work.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by CONCERNRED Location: OHIO on Mar 30, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    Our world is in a heck of a bind with people loosing jobs, homes.How in the world do we have time to vote on such bills. Its time we get new people in our offices who cares about how our money is being spent along with time that we pay these people while they time to cast their votings. If we take the time to eat out and have the money we must be living pretty good we have time to count our own calories. ANYTHING TO RULE PEOPLE, LET THEM RUN THEIR BUSINESS AS THEY SEE FIT, THEY PASS THEIR INSPECTIONS AND IF THE FOOD ISNT IN ONE RESTAURANT THEY FIND IT IN THE STORE, dOES THE STORES LIST ALL THE CALORIES AS YOU WALK IN TO SHOP. i CERTAINLY THINK NOT.sO SPEND OUR MONEY ON SOMETHING MORE WISELY
  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    How disappointing. Leave it to politicians to allow restaurants to keep serving people food with hidden fat and calories. It is amazing how they can prepare even salads and make them as unhealthy as a greasy cheeseburger. No wonder our country is so fat.
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