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Tax on sugary drinks in Calif. debated

2:26 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers are considering a tax on sugary drinks to help combat surging obesity and diabetes rates in the state.

According to SB 622, the tax would add a penny per fluid ounce to beverages such as sodas, sweet teas and energy drinks containing high levels of sweeteners.

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Money from the tax would support the newly created Children's Health Promotion Fund and finance programs across the state to help battle childhood obesity, according to St. Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel.

SB 622 passed its hearing, 5-2, in the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance Wednesday.

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