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Missouri lawmaker wants stores closed for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 7:19 a.m. CST; updated 10:27 a.m. CST, Tuesday, December 4, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri Democratic lawmaker is trying to stop Black Friday shopping from ruining the Thanksgiving dinners of workers.

House member Jeff Roorda, of Barnhart, plans legislation that would prohibit retail stores from opening on Thanksgiving.

He has dubbed it the "Thanksgiving Family Protection Act" and said the holiday should be about families and not about profit or greed. He said Thanksgiving should not become "Black Friday eve."

Restaurants, gas stations and drug stores would be exempt from forced closure. Roorda said some other states also require businesses to close on that day.

He said retailers' efforts to out-do one another has left fewer hours for workers to spend time with their families on Thanksgiving.


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