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California lawmakers target sugary drinks with new bills



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California lawmakers are again trying to counteract the consumption of sugary beverages.

They suggest a tax, warning codes and a ban on soda appear near checkout lines among other measures.

The five bills announced on Wednesday address what legislators call a public health crisis leading to an increase in obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other diseases.

Other measures will prohibit soda vouchers and sell soft drinks in cups larger than 16 grams.

The proposals include a fee for sugary drinks that would take a two-thirds vote to approve. But health groups are also circulating petitions to put a tax of 2 cents per ounce on the 2020 election.

The beverage industry says that such a tax will fall more difficult for those with lower incomes and will have uncertain health benefits.


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