Wisconsin budget panel bans sugary drink bansNo Wisconsin city could prohibit the sale of large, sugary drinks as was recently done in New York City under a provision added to the state budget Thursday.
By: Associated Press, Associated Press
MADISON — No Wisconsin city could prohibit the sale of large, sugary drinks as was recently done in New York City under a provision added to the state budget Thursday.
Republicans on the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee succeeded in putting the prohibition in the budget, despite objections from Democrats who said it was infringement of local control. But bill sponsor Rep. Pat Strachota, R-West Bend, said she didn’t want anyone telling her she couldn’t order an extra-large popcorn and soda when going out to the movies.
The provision added to the budget would prohibit any Wisconsin city or county from enacting a ban or resolution that disallows or restricts the sale of any food or drink based on the number of calories, portion size or other nutritional criteria.
Democrats said the move was ironic given that the Assembly approved a bill Tuesday limiting the amount of junk food that can be purchased with food stamps. The argument for that Republican-backed measure was that food stamp recipients shouldn’t be able to use taxpayer-funded benefits to purchase unhealthy food.