CA soda tax bill pulled without a vote

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 2:18 AM

A bill to impose a two-cents-per oz tax on sugary beverages was pulled by its author ahead of its scheduled first committee vote on Tuesday, with Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, concluding he lacked the votes.

CA soda tax bill pulled without a vote

Elections arrive and go, legislative leaders rise and fall, but one fixed remains in Sacramento: Soda taxes can’t get traction.

A bill to impose a two-cents-per oz tax on sugary beverages was pulled by its author ahead of its scheduled first committee vote on Tuesday, with Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, concluding he lacked the votes. Gathering Bill two thousand seven hundred eighty-two is likely done for the year, the latest setback for a protracted but largely unsuccessful public health campaign.

Citing soaring obesity and diabetes rates, public health executive and physicians call the ubiquity of sugary drinks a leading menace to healthy living. Many evoke battles against the tobacco industry in warning that beverage companies are concealing the risk of their product.

Year after year, that campaign has met beat in Sacramento. Bills to tax soft drinks , as have efforts to. On the local level, Davis .

Backers have faced heavy . The CA NV Beverage Association, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have spent at minimum 3.000 on lobbying since the start of two thousand fifteen, according to records filed with the CA secretary of state. The industry spent nearly $500.000 on campaign contributions during the latest election cycle.

The CA Chamber of Commerce also attacked AB two thousand seven hundred eighty-two on the grounds that it “threatens jobs in the beverage, retail and restaurant industries,” joining the CA Restaurant Organization in criticizing the bill.

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