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Monning’s soda labeling bill stalls in face of industry opposition

July 9, 2019

Santa Cruz Sentinel,

July 8, 2019-

State Sen. Bill Monning’s latest attempt at legislation requiring warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks fizzled last week. The bill, Senate Bill 347, passed the state Senate in May without a single vote to spare. It was scheduled for a hearing July 2 before the Assembly Committee on Health. Facing staunch opposition from the soda industry and other business groups, the bill appeared headed for defeat. So Monning, D-Carmel, opted to hold the bill until 2020 — essentially, pressing pause on its path through the Legislature by turning it into a two-year bill.

“While I am disappointed that SB 347 will not proceed further this year, I was pleased to be able to present information and witness testimony about the immediate need to label sugar sweetened beverages,” Monning said in a statement. “Medical and scientific evidence demonstrate the adverse health impacts of sugar sweetened beverages and consumers should have the right to know which beverages contain excessive amounts of sugar when making their purchase decisions,” he added.

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