UPDATE: Health groups unite against ban on sugar bans

UPDATED Tuesday, June 11, 2013 --- 9:08 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Six health groups have united against a provision in the Wisconsin state budget that would prohibit local communities from banning sugary foods and drinks.

The groups on Tuesday called on the Legislature to remove the provision before passing the budget later this month.

The ban was added by the Joint Finance Committee last month, with Republican supporters saying they didn't want government infringing on their ability to buy large sodas.
But the health groups say the ban will have a much wider unintended impact, including limiting employee wellness programs.

Groups calling for removal of the provision are Health First Wisconsin, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, and the Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, May 9, 2013 --- 1:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- No Wisconsin city could prohibit the sale of large, sugary drinks as was done in New York City under a provision that has been added to the state budget.

Republicans on the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee succeeded Thursday in putting the prohibition in the budget. Democrats voted against it as an infringement on local control and unnecessary given that no Wisconsin city has passed such a ban.

The provision added to the budget would prohibit any Wisconsin city or county from enacting a ban or resolution disallowing or restricting the sale of any food or drink based on the number of calories, portion size or other nutritional criteria.

The full Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker must agree to the prohibition before it becomes law.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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