Regional
1:34 pm
Thu February 5, 2004

House Committee Approves Beverage Bill

Frankfort, KY – The House Health and Welfare Committee has
approved a bill that would reduce student access
to soft drinks and other sugary beverages during
the school day. HB 261 would prohibit elementary
schools from selling "soda waters" during the
school day.

Under the bill, vending machines could only offer
water, fruit juice, lowfat milk, and drinks with
fewer than ten grams of sugar per serving. Middle
and high school vending machines would be
required to make at least 75 percent of their drink
options "healthy beverages."

Bill Sponsor Tim Feeley of Crestwood says the
legislation is a step "in the right direction" in the
battle against childhood obesity.

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.