Sugary drinks are in the spotlight in Sacramento as for the first time a tax on those beverages has made it though a legislative committee.
Richmond voters rejected Measure N, a business license fee that would have required business to pay one penny for every ounce of a sugar-sweetened beverage sold in the city.
Returns from Richmond and from El Monte in Los Angeles County were showing voters rejecting a penny-per-ounce tax on businesses that sell soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
Richmond is trying to become the first city in the country to impose a so-called “soda tax.”
A group backed by the beverage industry is spending millions of dollars to defeat a soda tax measure on the Nov. 6 ballot in Richmond.
A group funded by the beverage industry has sued to avoid campaign-disclosure laws as it fights a proposed soda tax in Richmond.
Voters in Richmond next year may be casting their votes on a sugary drink tax meant to help combat the city’s growing obesity rate.