SWEETENED SOFT DRINKS Proposed Bill Banning Sweetened Soft Drink Sales In Schools Loses Two GOP Co-Sponsors
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Feb. 19, 2013 1:08 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 3:19 PM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A bipartisan bill that would ban the sale of sweetened soft drinks in West Virginia public schools has lost its two Republican co-sponsors.
Senate Minority Leader Mike Hall and Sen. David Nohe had been the two Republicans among the bill's 10 sponsors. Both asked to be removed as sponsors on Tuesday.
The bill would repeal legislation passed last decade that was supposed to promote healthy drinks in schools, but had unintended consequences, including allowing the sale of soft drinks in high schools.
The House and Senate health committees endorsed the bill during interim meetings in January.
Hall said his withdrawal as a sponsor was procedural. He says he wants to study the bill further before he decides whether to support it or not.
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