A Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would prevent people from suing food suppliers for making them fat and prevent municipalities from limiting the size of sodas for sale.
Known as the "Big Gulp bill," it is based on model legislation from the free-market group American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.
Sen. Josh Stein, a Raleigh Democrat, called the bill "a solution in search of a problem," because it would be nearly impossible for someone to win a lawsuit blaming food for making them obese. In North Carolina, if someone contributes one percent to their injury, they have no claim.
Sen. Bob Rucho, a Mecklenburg Republican, said the law would prevent "legal extortion."