Senate Health Committee passes ban on sport drinks in schools

April 14, 2010

The Senate Health Committee has approved legislation that would ban the sale of sugar-sweetened sport drinks at California public schools during school hours.

California banned the sale of soda in the schools in 2004. But that law did not apply to sugar-sweetened sport drinks.

“We need to close this loophole and make state law consistent,” Senator Alex Padilla, the author of the bill, said in a statement.

According to Padilla, 8 of the 10 most popular beverages sold in high schools are sports drinks. The sale of sugar-sweetened sports drinks is already banned in elementary and middle schools.

Senate Bill 1255 is part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s anti-obesity package. It was approved on a 6-3 vote and moved to the Senate Education Committee.

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