Bill would ban soft drink sales in schools

Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- Children wouldn't be able to buy sugary soft drinks at schools under a bill introduced Wednesday.

House Bill 80 would prohibit the sale of carbonated drinks and drinks that contain 42 or more grams of sugar per 20-ounce serving. They couldn't be sold on school grounds between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a school day.

The bill makes an exception for soft drinks that contain at least 50 percent fruit juice.

Rep. Mary Kapsner, D-Bethel, introduced the measure. It's co-sponsored by a retired dentist, Rep. Hugh ''Bud'' Fate, R-Fairbanks; and by Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage.

The bill was referred to the Labor and Commerce and Health Education and Social Services Committees. No hearings have been scheduled yet.

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