It may be harder for developers in Prince George's County to fill a vacant building with a fast-food restaurant or liquor store, if a bill sponsored by five Prince George's County councilmembers passes.
According to The Washington Examiner, the bill would require building owners to notify the council if they plan on changing the building's permitted use, allowing time for both public and council comment.
Councilwoman Karen Toles, D-Suitland, introduced the bill after noting many liquor stores and fast food chains in her neighborhood, the Examiner reported. Her constituents told her they wanted "healthier" options.
A research analyst at the Center for Consumer Freedom, a nonprofit funded by restaurants, food companies and consumers, however told the Examiner that a 2009 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis study found that the proximity of the fast-food restaurant to a family home had little effect on the children's weight.
J. Justin Wilson said the proposed bill was "government paternalism."
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