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Berkeley Voters To Decide On Penny-Per-Ounce Soda Tax This November

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A customer shops for soft drinks in a cooler at a 76 gas station on March 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. According to a report by Beverage Digest, sales of carbonated soft drinks in the United States fell 1.2 percent in 2012 to 9.17 billion cases. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A customer shops for soft drinks in a cooler at a 76 gas station on March 25, 2013 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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BERKELEY (CBS / AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley will vote in November whether to impose a tax on soda.

The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday night to put a measure on the ballot that would impose a penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages such as energy drinks. Diet sodas and juice would be exempted.

San Francisco is also pursuing a soda tax ballot measure. Voters in the city of Richmond, also in the Bay Area, defeated a soda tax in 2012.

A bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks effectively died last month.

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