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No need for state to bar local nutrition policies

The push to get out of Topeka for spring break saw House passage of a solution to a nonproblem in Kansas. Under House Bill 2595, only the Legislature would have the power to establish or enforce policies about food nutrition information or “consumer incentives” such as kids’ meal toys. The idea for such bills came from New York City’s short-lived ban on oversize sugary drinks; the Kansas bill has support from some agriculture and business groups. But opponents warn it could prohibit community and school district anti-obesity and other health initiatives. And where is the evidence that Kansans need to be protected from local portion size mandates or junk food bans? Plus – a question that applies to much of what happens at the Statehouse these days – whatever happened to local control? – Rhonda Holman