Toby Barker (R-Hattiesburg) knows that smart government can help solve Mississippi’s health problems. At least that’s my inference from a couple of bills that Barker’s recently introduced – House Bill 540, that would permit school boards to make athletic facilities available for public use, and House Bill 535, that would authorize county supervisors and cities to support local farmers’ markets.
In a state saddled simultaneously with rising obesity and health-debilitating “fresh food deserts,” both bills make uncommonly good sense. What’s more, the ideas emerge from a new Healthy Foods Advisory Committee that Barker wrote the enabling legislation for last year – proof that “more government” is not necessarily a bad thing.
Keep pushing, Toby; you’re moving things in the right direction.