Calif. City’s Sugary Drink Tax Measure May Face Legal Battles

Law360, San Diego (July 26, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT) -- Cash-strapped cities in California are watching the city of El Monte's efforts to pass a new tax on sugary drinks, but experts said Thursday that the proposal will likely need to overcome legal challenges claiming the tax is arbitrary before officials will consider the measure a viable option for raising revenue.

The city council of El Monte voted Tuesday to put a measure on the ballot that would impose a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages for sale in the city, saying it would...
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