Most Active Stories
- City of Murray Eliminates City Administrator Position
- Workers Recovering after Explosion at Moonshine Distillery
- Kentucky Revenues Up Amid Greater Demands in Next Budget
- First Student To Graduate In May From College To Career Experience Program
- Kentucky Man Benefits From Pump Treatment for Parkinson's Disease
Thu July 2, 2009
TN Governor Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Labeling
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has vetoed a bill that would prohibit cities and counties from requiring restaurants to provide calorie counts on menus.
The governor said in a letter to Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey yesterday that Tennessee faces an epidemic of obesity that's continuing to grow at a rapid rate.
Bredesen cited a recent report from Trust for America's Health research group that shows 30% of the state's adult population is obese, the fourth highest percentage in the country.
In the case of the state's children, 37% are obese, which is the fifth highest percentage of obese children nationwide.
The governor said he hopes the General Assembly will reconsider the issue next year.