WV Calorie Bill Killed By Committee

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- After polishing off a breakfast of free doughnuts and fast food sandwiches, a House of Delegates committee killed a bill that would require restaurants to post calorie counts for food items.

Republicans on the Government Organization Committee argued the bill was against free enterprise.

While few democrats spoke against it, enough from the majority party joined with republicans to finish off the bill.

The restaurant industry opposed the bill, arguing that congress is considering similar legislation.

Kanawha County Sen. Dan Foster watched the committee meeting and said he's disappointed with the result.

Foster is a key sponsor of the bill.

The bill had been promoted as a step toward addressing West Virginia's serious problems with obesity.

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

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