Texas Lawmaker Proposes Soda Tax To Fund Health Programs

Law360, Houston (January 29, 2013, 7:51 PM EST) -- A Texas lawmaker Tuesday filed legislation designed to curb obesity and related health problems while providing funding for public school health and education programs through a state tax on the sale of soft drinks and other high-calorie beverages and ingredients.

HB 779, authored by state Rep. Joe Farias, D-San Antonio, would impose a 1 cent per ounce tax on soft drinks, certain sweetened beverages as well as the powders and syrups used to make those products to support nutritional health and physical education programs at elementary...
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