Soda tax legislation introduced in California
February 19, 2010
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — California Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez has introduced California senate bill 1210 that will levy a tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold within the state if passed. Specifically, the legislation would levy 1c for every teaspoon of added sugar in commercial beverages. The revenue generated by the tax would be used to fund childhood obesity programs within the state.
“I don’t want obesity to be the legacy that we leave to our children,” Mr. Florez said. “With the revenues raised from this bill, we can support schools and build communities where children are active, eating healthier foods and putting the threat of obesity and related diseases like diabetes behind them.”
The tax would be levied against beverage manufacturers and concentrate manufacturers, and initial projections estimate the tax would raise $1.5 billion per year.
Mr. Florez’s bill is supported by the California Medical Association, Dental Health Foundation and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.