Calif. Voters Shoot Down Soda Tax Ballot Measures

Law360, New York (November 8, 2012, 7:03 PM EST) -- Voters in two California municipalities registered their opposition to increased taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks such as soda, as ballot measures in Richmond and El Monte were defeated by wide margins on Tuesday.

More than two-thirds of Richmond voters rejected a measure that would have imposed a business license fee of 1 percent per ounce of sugar-sweetened beverages “served, provided or traded” by businesses in the city, shooting it down by a 67-33 percent vote. The El Monte measure, which proposed the same 1 percent per ounce...
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