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Proposed tax on sugary drinks fails in Assembly panel
Proposed tax on sugary drinks fails in Assembly panel

Lawmakers in the state Assembly rejected a proposed tax on sodas and other sugary beverages Tuesday. The proposal, by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), sought to impose a 2-cent fee per fluid ounce of sweetened drinks, which he and his supporters pegged as a major contributor to high rates of obesity and diabetes. The money raised by the tax would have gone to public health education and prevention programs, with particular focus on diabetes. "We have been asleep at the wheel in California. It's now well past time for us to aggressively attack this maiming, blinding and often fatal disease," said Dr. Dean Schillinger, a professor of medicine at UC San...

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