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Assembly Bill 2782 was introduced on February 19, 2016 by Assembly Members Bloom, Chiu, and Wood. The bill would impose on drink distributors a fee of $0.02 per ounce of sugar-sweetened beverages. Revenues would go toward a new "Healthy California Fund" to be allocated to various state health and education departments for the purposes of statewide diabetes and childhood obesity treatment and prevention programs. The bill would also create a Healthy California Fund Oversight Committee, to advise the affected state departments in implementing the bill's requirements and to evaluate programs and interventions funded under the bill. Failed in Committee
Senate Bill 1169 - Pupil Nutrition: Competitive Food Service, was introduced on February 18, 2016 by Senator Mike McGuire. This bill would require California state law to conform to federal standards for all foods and beverages served in public schools other than the reimbursable meals under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. This in effect will prohibit the sale caffeinated drinks and sports drinks during the school day in California public schools. The bill would also require every public school to inform the public about their local school wellness policy on an annual basis.
House Bill 5124, introduced on February 28, 2016 by Assemblyman LaMar, would require a one-cent excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Revenues would be used to offset state costs associated with treating obesity and to fund active living opportunities in towns
House Bill 5303, introduced on February 18, 2016, would prohibit the serving of beverages with added sweeteners in childcare settings.
Senate Bill 2385 and House Bill 1674, introduced January 28, 2016, would prevent childcare facilities from serving SSB’s to children, prevent them from serving natural fruit juice to children under 1 year, and limit them to 4 ounces of natural fruit juice per day to children over 1 year.
Senate Bill 333 and House Bill 564 introduced in January-February 2016, would limit the types of beverages included in the price of a childrens meals to water, 100% juice, and low-fat milk. Any other beverages could be included in the meal for a charge.
Assembly Bill 8412, introduced October 9, 2015 by Assemblyman Titone would prohibit the sale of oversized sugar-sweetened fountain beverages (greater than 16 fluid ounces) to minors. This bill excludes 100% fruit and vegetable juice, dietary aids, infant formula, alcoholic beverages, and any pre-bottled sugar-sweetened beverage sold in any bottle size.
Assembly Bill 2320 introduced on January 15, 2015 by Assemblyman Dinowitz and Senate Bill 6435 introduced on January 13, 2016 by Senator Rivera, would require safety warning labels to be placed on sugary drinks sold in New York. Beverages containing 75 or more calories per 12 ounces would carry labels that read: SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. SB 6435 was defeated in committee.
House Bill 759, introduced on January 28, 2016, sets forth nutritional requirements for restaurant children's meals. If beverages are included with the meals, only the following are allowed: water with no added sweeteners, nonfat or one-percent dairy milk, nondairy milk containing less than 130 calories per container or serving, or 100% fruit juice with no added sweeteners .
House Bill 2798, introduced January 20, 2016, would require warning labels on sugary-sweetened beverage containers, vending machines, beverage-dispensing machines, and at point on premises where requested or ordered. The safety warning will read "STATE OF WASHINGTON SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay."
On May 16, 2016, Albany's City Council voted to place on the November 2016 ballot, a a one-cent per ounce sugar-sweetened beverage distributor's excise tax, modeled after the measure that passed in Berkeley. PASSED
On January 11, 2016, Baltimore City Council member Nick Mosby introduced legislation that would require businesses that sell or advertise sugar-sweetened sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, juices, coffees and teas to post signs warning consumers that they contribute to tooth decay, obesity and diabetes. The signs would say: "Warning: drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to tooth decay, obesity and diabetes. This message is from the Baltimore City Health Department." To learn more about the effort, visit Rethink Your Drink Baltimore and Sugar Free Kids Maryland.
A proposal to tax beverages with added sweeteners was successfully added to the November 2016 ballot through the initiative process. The initiative would tax sugar-sweetened beverages at a rate of 2 cents per ounce, with funds going toward city health programs aimed at improving nutrition and physical activity. To learn more about the effort, visit Healthy Boulder Kids. PASSED
Cook County, Illinois
On October 13, 2016, Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle proposed a penny per ounce tax on both sugar-sweetened and artificially-sweetened beverages as part of the county's 2017 budget. Revenues would be applied to a projected shortfall in the county's 2017 budget. PASSED
On May3, 2016, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to place on the November 2016 ballot, a a one-cent per ounce sugar-sweetened beverage distributor's excise tax. Revenues will fund programs that improve children's health. To learn more about the effort, visit Oakland Versus Big Soda. PASSED
On June 16, 2016, the Philadelphia City Council passed a 1.5 cent per ounce distributor tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney introduced the proposal in March 2016, as part of the city budget. Funds from the tax will go toward universal pre-K education, community schools, school and city building retrofits, and the city pension system. PASSED
San Francisco, California
In June 2015, San Francisco city supervisors submitted an initiative to place a penny per ounce distributor's tax on sugar-sweetened beverages on the November 2016 ballot. Revenues from the tax would be directed to the general fund, and thus requires only a simple majority to pass. The measure also calls for the creation of a 16-person advisory panel to advise the Board of Supervisors and the mayor to create and/or fund programs to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in San Francisco. To learn more about the effort, visit San Franciscans United to Reduce Diabetes in Children. PASSED
On March 10, 2015, San Francisco Supervisors Malia Cohen, Eric Mar and Scott Wiener introduced legislation that will target advertising of sodas by 1) requiring health warnings on posted ads in San Francisco, 2) banning ads on publically owned property, and 3) prohibiting the use of city funds for the purchase of sugary beverages. The health warning legislation applies to posted advertisements for sugar-sweetened beverages with 25 or more calories per 12 ounces. The warning will read “WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.” The legislation was passed by ordinance by the SF Board of Supervisors in June 2015. The provision banning ads on publically owned property was later repealed in December 2015. In an attempt to stop the warning label provision from taking effect, the beverage industry filed an injunction, which was refused by a federal judge in May 2016.
On June 8, 2016, the city of Stockton followed Davis CA (ordinance passed 2015) to become the 2nd American city to pass an ordinance requiring either water or milk to be served as the default beverage in children’s meals. Read the official press release. PASSED
The Navajo Nation Council established the Healthy Dine Nation Act in November 2014. The law requires a 2% sales tax to foods of minimal to no nutritional value, including sweetened beverages and snacks high in salt, saturated fat, and sugar. Revenue generated by this tax will be allocated to a Community Wellness Development Fund to fund local Navajo Nation Chapter government projects that improve access to healthy food, promote physical activity, and promote health in other ways.
In 2016, the Council also passed legislation that eliminates an existing 5% tax on healthy food items, including fruits and vegetables, herbs, seeds, nuts and nut butters, traditional foods, and water with no added sweeteners. PASSED