Never before has the term “Nanny State” been more applicable. The bill, HB1726 entitled “Improve Child Care Nutrition/Activity Standards,” is an intrusion on liberty that seeks to control food consumption at child care facilities.
For example, the bill would prohibit serving sugar-sweetened beverages to children of any age in addition to requirements that all juices be served in cups and not bottles. The bill would prohibit serving children more than six ounces of juice per day and prohibit serving whole milk to children over the age of two; all flavored milk would be prohibited as well. No more chocolate milk or juice boxes in child care facilities! Furthermore, child care facilities would be required to have a “rest period” each day and ensure that all children spend time outside each day if weather permits.
Reps. Jennifer Weiss (D-Wake), Bob England (D-Rutherford), Marian McLawhorn (D-Pitt), and Doug Yongue (D-Scotland) are responsible for this bill. Such benevolent legislation is what nanny-states are made of. It is not the business of the General Assembly to legislate what type of milk is acceptable for two-year-olds or to ban juice boxes and Capri Sun pouches from day care centers. The bill passed 63-45 in the House on Thursday and awaits action in the Senate.