" . . . Monning said the soft drink industry is a formidable adversary. Many colleagues tell him they can’t vote for legislation that would reduce sales because they have a distributor in their district.
In addition to a statewide soda tax, the bills under consideration this year would require warning labels about sugar and prevent soda companies from offering retailers incentives to sell their drinks. They also would ban retailers from selling supersize sodas and prohibit sales in checkout lanes.
As lawmakers consider these bills, Monning said, his question to his colleagues will be simple:
'Do you represent the soda industry?' he said. 'Or do you represent those children in your district showing a steady increase in poor health?' . . .”
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