The state-wide law would tax sugary drinks such as sodas,
energy drinks and sweet teas one cent per fluid ounce.
Democratic Senator Bill Monning says something must be done to
curb alarming rates of obesity and preventable diabetes.
MONNING: "We are sentencing a generation of young people to
adult lives requiring sophisticated medical management, reduced
lifespan. So I think it's important that we keep in focus
here. It's not just money, it's not just economics of health
care. It's the quality of life of young people."
But Angie Pappos with the California Restaurant Association
says the restaurant industry is facing a lot of other cost
increases right now.
PAPPOS: "It just doesn't seem fair to pass on these costs to
hardworking families that are already dealing with higher food
costs, higher gas costs, and it just doesn't seem like it's going
to be an effective solution."
This bill's first test will be this Wednesday.