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Lawmaker takes on Thanksgiving sales

Lawmaker takes on Thanksgiving sales

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- An Ohio lawmaker is tired of seeing all the holiday sales starting on Thanksgiving, so he's trying to do something about it.

State Rep. Mike Foley, a Cleveland Democrat, plans to introduce legislation that would force retailers to pay their employees triple their normal salary to work on Thanksgiving or before noon on Black Friday.

"I understand that I probably can't influence whether the stores open or not, but if they are going to be open then the folks that work there should be compensated fairly," he said.

He thinks people should be able to spend the holiday with their families instead of stuck in a store with deal-seeking customers. Foley says he came up with the idea while reading the paper Sunday and seeing all the ads for stores opening earlier and earlier.

"It's over the top. Thanksgiving Day we've got retailers, giant retailers, all over the place now that are opening up shop and trying to draw people in," said Foley.

Foley expects to have the bill drafted next week, but admits it doesn't have much of a chance of passing. He feels like he has to try though.

"When things get out of hand I think it's the proper role for government to try and reign things in and that's what I'm trying to do," he said.

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