Many of you have heard rumblings about a bill filed this week, House Bill 2595, which preempts local efforts to effect nutrition labeling and food incentives. It has been scheduled for a hearing Wednesday, February 10 in House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development (which meets at 1:30pm in room 346-South if you care to attend).
Historically, lack of opposition means a bill gets rubber stamped and sails through a committee. We don’t want that is to happen with this bill! Here’s what you can do:
When writing your testimony, keep these tips in mind:
1) Keep it short. They will scan no more than one page, so make sure you don’t go over that.
2) Use bullets/highlights to help legislators quickly digest your message.
3) If you are lucky enough to be from the district of a committee member, send supplemental information via email about how the bill impacts their own community.
I know the short timeframe is going to be difficult for many of you to get your organization’s formal seal of approval for submitting testimony. But even if you can’t weigh in as an organization, please encourage your employees and advocates who live in Kansas to respond with personal phone calls or emails. It truly makes a difference!
House Bill 2595 Talking Points
Local Control Issues
Obesity and Nutrition in Kansas
Importance of Nutrition Standards