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The Sacramento Bee reports that the City Council there has voted 6-2 to erase "most of a 2006 ordinance that required superstore chains to conduct wage and benefit studies of nearby businesses before being permitted to build new facilities. Complex economic impact studies will also be waived for stores seeking to expand, or open in 'food deserts' or some major planned developments."

The vote significantly eases the imposed restrictions on big box stores in the city. It was opposed, according to the story, by labor leaders, small business representatives and neighborhood activists" who wanted to keep the restrictions in place. The story notes that "the City Council chambers were packed for the hearing, with those who opposed easing the restrictions outnumbering those who advocated for easing the restrictions by a 2-1 margin."
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