Many large retailers were open on Thanksgiving Day. Now, one Missouri lawmaker wants to limit that.
State Representative Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart) plans to file legislation that would make it illegal for most retail stores in Missouri to be open for business on Thanksgiving. He filed the "Thanksgiving Family Protection Act" during the 2013 regular session, but it went nowhere, not even getting a hearing. Roorda says he's trying again, nevertheless.
A proposal in the Missouri House would make it illegal for retail stores to open for business on Thanksgiving Day. It’s one of several bills pre-filed Monday by state legislators ahead of next year’s regular legislative session. The proposal is sponsored by Democrat Jeff Roorda of Jefferson County. He says it’s in response to the ongoing push by retailers to open for business on nationally-recognized holidays: “It’s Thanksgiving Day, it’s not Black Friday’s Eve…it’s just silly what these retailers are doing to the families of folks that work for them…(it’s) supposed to be about family an