Proposed tax on sugary drinks introduced in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Californians may be one sip closer to paying an extra tax on sugary drinks.

The "penny-per-ounce" tax was introduced by State Senator Bill Monning, a Democrat.

Monning said the tax is part of a plan to fight obesity.

The bill would impose a 1 cent per fluid ounce tax to the manufacturers. But it is expected that the costs would be passed on to consumers, so a regular 20 ounce bottle of soda would cost an extra 20 cents if the bill passes.

According to supporters, raising prices on such drinks would decrease consumption. Monning said the funds collected from the tax would go into a state fund for Childhood Obesity Prevention.

Energy drinks are included, but drinks under 25 calories are exempt.

The measure is now being reviewed by the Senate Health Committee.

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