Superior rejects ban on fast food toy

Published 7:44 am Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SUPERIOR, Wis. — A ban on fast food trinkets is rejected by the Superior councilors, with opponents objecting to government interference in parental matters.

Councilor Greg Mertzig proposed banning McDonald’s Happy Meal toys and other trinkets given with children’s fast food. Mertzig’s motivation was to get rid of the rewards of eating unhealthy food as many youngsters struggle with being overweight.

Adam Bennis told councilors the government should not take away his decision-making authority. He asked them if the next step was having his grocery receipts approved.

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The Superior Telegram says Mertzig was the only one to vote in favor of moving the proposal out of committee Tuesday night.