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(WMC-TV) - Lawmakers in Mississippi voted to keep your right to choose the big soda size. If this bill becomes law, cities and counties won't be allowed to enact rules limiting such things like size of soft drinks, the salt content in food or the shortening used in cookies.

It's called the Anti-Bloomberg Bill, named after New York City's mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to limit the portion size of sugary drinks.

That law was shut down by a New York judge, and now local lawmakers are aiming to prevent it from happening in the Mid-South.

Bloomberg spoke out about this bill Thursday on his radio show, pointing out that Mississippi has the highest obesity rate in the nation. Also, that life expectancy is lower than compared to the Northeast.

"It should be the individual's choice on what they purchase," said resident Mark Jarvis.

Jarvis is frustrated that lawmakers are even discussing the bill in the first place.

"I don't think they should waste their time. I think they should have more important things to do," he said.

Lawmakers will not be able to limit what you can purchase or sell, but keep in mind these 44 ounce drinks can hold as many as five cans of coke.

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