New Legislation Proposes Soda Tax
March 11, 2016
Assembly Members Richard Bloom and Jim Wood have introduced a “Health Impact Fee” on sodas and other sugary beverages earlier this week. The bill, which is not yet in print (AB 2782), would impose a two-cent fee on each ounce of sugar-sweetened beverages to raise an estimated $2 billion annually. The fee would be charged at the distributor level.
Funds raised by the fee would be used to create obesity and diabetes prevention programs, as well as oral health and safe drinking water programs. Counties, cities, clinics, and community organizations would be eligible for the funding to operate the health programs.