JEFFERSON CITY, Mo, — Remember the people who were falling over themselves to get great deals at stores open on Thanksgiving Day? One Missouri lawmaker says — no more.
House member Jeff Roorda (D-Barnhart) has pre-filed legislation that would prohibit retail stores from opening on Thanksgiving. He calls it the “Thanksgiving Family Protection Act”.
Roorda tells the Associated Press that retailers’ efforts to out-do one another has left fewer hours for workers to spend time with their families on Thanksgiving. He also says the holiday should be about families and not about profit.
Restaurants, gas stations, and drug stores would be exempt from the law. Roorda says some other states have similar laws.