Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Update from Hank Zuber

The House Marine Resources Committee heard a report on federal plans to store crude oil in the Richton Salt Dome in southeast Mississippi. Our Department of Marine Resources will propose that water for cavern development be taken from the Gulf of Mexico, as opposed to the Pascagoula River, and then return it deep into the Gulf. This can be done without adverse results to Gulf marine life. The long-range plan is for Richton to store 160 million barrels of crude toward a national strategic reserve goal of 1 billion barrels. The project is expected to take 10 years and to be completed in 2018 at a cost of $4 billion. At my request, the Department will conduct a study in cooperation with the USM research lab concerning the environmental impact on the discharge into the Gulf.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at hzuber@house.ms.gov. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and please come up to see the legislative process in person.
Your state representative-Hank Zuber

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bill to Protect Pascagoula River Introduced

A new bill under consideration in the Mississippi Legislature could change the measuring stick for the lowest allowable water flow in the Pascagoula River, affecting the Richton salt dome project and hundreds of other entities that draw from the river.

Submitted by state Sen. Debbie Dawkins of Pass Christian, the bill says the standard measure of low water flow used by the state, 7Q10, is far too liberal, allowing the thirst of area projects to create drought conditions unsafe for wildlife in Pascagoula River waterways. Senate Bill 2890 calls on the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to come up with a tighter standard for how low the river can go.

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Do Our Representatives Have to Make Us Look STUPID!

It sometimes seems that those we elect to represent us are hell bent on making Mississippi the laughingstock of the nation. From JunkFood Science No fat people allowed: Only the slim will be allowed to dine in public!

House Bill 282 was introduced in the 2008 Mississippi legislative session on Friday by Representative W.T. Mayhall, Jr., a retired pharmaceutical salesman with DuPont-Merk. Its co-authors are Bobby Shows, a businessman, and John Read, a pharmacist.

The
full text reads:

HOUSE BILL NO. 282
An act to prohibit certain food establishments from serving food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the state department of health; to direct the department to prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese and to provide those materials to the food establishments; to direct the department to monitor the food establishments for compliance with the provisions of this act; and for related purposes. Be it enacted by the legislature of the state of Mississippi:

SECTION 1.
(1) The provisions of this section shall apply to any food establishment that is required to obtain a permit from the State Department of Health under Section 41-3-15(4)(f), that operates primarily in an enclosed facility and that has five (5) or more seats for customers.
(2) Any food establishment to which this section applies shall not be allowed to serve food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the State Department of Health after consultation with the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management established under Section 41-101-1 or its successor. The State Department of Health shall prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese, and shall provide those materials to all food establishments to which this section applies. A food establishment shall be entitled to rely on the criteria for obesity in those written materials when determining whether or not it is allowed to serve food to any person.
(3) The State Department of Health shall monitor the food establishments to which this section applies for compliance with the provisions of this section, and may revoke the permit of any food establishment that repeatedly violates the provisions of this section.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2008.


Yes, wonderful idea, discriminate against the obese. Way to go Representative W.T. Mayhall, Jr, not only do you make the residents of Mississippi look like idiots, you make us look like intolerant idiots.

HT HE&OS