I'll Have Fries, No — Soup

State lawmakers want you know what you’re biting into before you order

Would you order that Chili’s hot spinach dip if you knew it had 930 calories and 44 grams of fat, or would you pick the Southwestern vegetable soup and just add 100 calories and four grams of fat?

Would you add fries to your Big Mac meal if saw the numbers staring at you -- 230 calories and 11 grams of fat?

The state legislature's Planning and Development Committee voted to send a bill to the Senate that would require certain chain restaurants to print calorie counts in printed menus or on menu boards.  A chain is considered a group with 15 or more restaurant locations.

Some chains oppose the measure, saying it will lead to different regulations in each state.

But some health advocates support the bill, saying it's the first step toward combating obesity.

If the proposal becomes law, it would take effect on July 1, 2010.

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