‘Big Gulp bill’ headed for N.C. Senate vote

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill banning local governments from limiting the size of soft drinks is likely to win Senate approval next week after passing the Senate Judiciary 1 Committee Thursday WRAL reports.

House Bill 683, the “Commonsense Consumption Act,” is a model bill from ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a free-market pro-business group.

The bill would rule out any local ordinances limiting soft drink sizes, as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently tried to do. The New York City ordinance is currently tied up in court.

The proposal would ban consumers from suing food and drink makers, distributors or advertisers for obesity caused by consumption of their products, according to the report.

The bill is expected on the Senate floor next week. It passed the House in May but will need to return to the House for a final vote to approve minor changes.

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