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The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a fascinating story about a lawsuit that city has filed against the Ohio State Legislature, saying that state lawmakers have no right to stop municipalities from banning the use of trans fats by restaurants.

Cleveland’s City Council passed just such a law last April, but in June state lawmakers voted to prevent municipalities from regulating the ingredients used by restaurants.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has now filed a complaint, the Plain Dealer writes, saying that “the legislature's action infringed on the city's home rule rights. The city believes it has the power to restrict the use of trans fats in its jurisdiction, and that the state's overriding of that is unconstitutional.”

"The health and well-being of Cleveland is the responsibility of the City of Cleveland, and we are taking proactive steps to help make everyone in Cleveland healthier," Jackson said at a news conference. "One of those steps was a ban on industrially-produced trans fat in local restaurants and food shops.”

The story notes that “Jackson pointed out that the Healthy Cleveland legislation also spawns incentives people can avail themselves of - including more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, the addition of community gardens and behavioral health education. ‘So we're not just doing things to regulate,’ he said. ‘But we need a two-pronged attack’.”
KC's View:
I have no idea how I feel about this from a policy/process perspective; I sort of see both sides. I do know that I’m going to enjoy the fight.