Ohio proposal would block city limits on fast food

A provision added to the state budget bill would prevent local-level officials in Ohio from enacting bans such as those on artery-clogging trans fats in fast food restaurants.

The provision was part of the bill passed by the Ohio Senate. The House and Senate are still working out differences between their versions of the two-year spending blueprint.

The Dayton Daily News reports the Ohio Restaurant Association sought the amendment to keep cities from creating a patchwork of regulations that could make it tough for chains of restaurants to operate consistently in different areas.

The top health official in western Ohio's Montgomery County says he's worried the provision could limit cities' ability to respond to health crises.

The change apparently also could overturn Cleveland's ban on trans fats in restaurants there.

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