Lawmaker tries again with bill requiring warning label on sugary drinks


A state senator Wednesday renewed his effort to slap warnings on sugary drinks about the dangers of obesity, tooth decay and diabetes, reintroducing a bill that died last session.

Senator Bill Monning's (D-Carmel) legislation - SB 203 - would require warnings on sweetened drinks with more than 75 calories per 12 ounces.

Under the bill, the warning label would read: "Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay."

Last year the measure narrowly passed the Senate but died in the Assembly Committee on Health. Amid strong lobbying against the legislation by the soda industry, two Democrats on the committee voted against the bill and four abstained.

Undeterred, Monning is trying again. His office notes that three-quarters of likely California voters would support a warning label bill, according to a 2014 Field poll.


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