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July 13, 1998


In accordance with the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws § 43-1-4, I am transmitting herewith, with my disapproval, 98-H 8065, "An Act Relating to Food Markets."

This Act provides that the Department of Health shall require and ensure that a notice be placed next to scales in the produce section of markets advising customers that the registered weight is approximate and the scale has not been certified by the State Sealer of Weights and Measures. Although this bill presents laudable consumer protection, it does so in an unworkable fashion. This legislation belongs under the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor and Training which has authority over rules governing weights and measures. The Department of Health cannot adequately enforce such a law. Moreover, without appropriate assistance from the Department of Labor and Training, store management would lack proper guidance for compliance in a uniform and effective manner.

I would welcome a corrected bill during the next legislation session. Consumers are entitled to information about their purchases and to receive that for which they have paid.

For the foregoing reasons, I disapprove of this legislation and respectfully urge your support of this veto.


Lincoln Almond