Mo. lawmaker wants to prevent retailers from opening on Thanksgiving
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Mo. lawmaker wants to prevent retailers from opening on Thanksgiving

Date: December 5, 2013
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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As Black Friday shopping moves earlier each year, one state lawmaker says he wants to put an end to that.
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Wrap: Democratic representative Jeff Roorda has once again filed a bill that would prevent retailers from opening on Thanksgiving. He first filed the bill last session.  

Roorda said he filed the bill to protect the spirit of Thanksgiving and keep shopping on Friday.

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Description: By allowing it to creep into Thanksgiving, not only are we what that holiday means and what family time means, we're just promoting more of the same nonsense.

The bill exempts gas stations and pharmacies from being closed and Roorda is working to allow grocery stores and movie theaters to stay open as well.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

Intro: 
One state lawmaker says the early shopping deals have "encroached" on the Thanksgiving holiday and he wants to do something about it.
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Wrap: Democrat Jeff Roorda has filed a bill for the 2014 legislative session that would prevent retailers from being open on Thanksgving. He filed the same bill last session.

He said both sides of the aisle should support the bill.

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Description: And I gotta tell you if this had been a Republican lawmaker's idea, I would think that it would've gotten a far more fair hearing and would've gotten more consideration in the legislature.

Gas stations and pharmacies are exempt and Roorda hopes to exempt grocery stores and movie theaters as well.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.


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