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State Bill to Ban Sugar-Sweetened Sports Drinks Introduced

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Introduced today by L.A.-based State Senator, Senate Bill 1255 seeks to bar the sales of sugar-sweetened sports drinks in public schools during school hours. “When California barred the sale of sugar-sweetened soda in 2004, the law did not apply to sugar-sweetened sports drinks. We need to close the loophole and make state law consistent,” said Padilla, noting that California has one of the fastest rates of increase in obesity of any state in the nation. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in support of the bill.