Board Schedules a Date to Reject Newsom's Stance Happy Meal Ban

Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010  |  Updated 12:00 PM PDT
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Board Schedules a Date to Reject Newsom's Stance Happy Meal Ban

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The Happy Meal is not so happy anymore. Photo: Hap_M on Flickr

Mayor Gavin Newsom may already have his mind in Sacramento but that won't stop him from vetoing a first in the nation ban on fast food restaurants packaging kids meals with toys.

That's just fine with San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. The board passed the historic measure last week by an 8-3 vote, which gives them more than the necessary power to override the mayor's veto.

Supervisor Eric Mar scheduled a hearing on Nov. 23 to override the veto. The board needs eight votes to override a mayoral veto. The measure was seen nationally as an attack on McDonald's Happy Meal.

Newsom was joined by McDonald's in his condemnation of the measure. The mayor said it reached too far into dictating how parents raise their children.

“It’s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for," McDonald’s spokesperson Danya Proud told the San Francisco Examiner. "Parents tell us it’s their right and responsibility — not the government’s — to make their own decisions and to choose what’s right for their children.”

The veto is expected to be Newsom's last as mayor before he leaves for his new job as California's lieutenant governor. If the board overrides the veto, the measure would become law in Dec. 2011.

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