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Senate OKs 'Big Gulp bill'

Posted July 1, 2013
Updated July 2, 2013

— By a vote of 37-9 Monday night, the state Senate approved House Bill 683, banning local governments from restricting sales of large soft drinks.

The "Commonsense Consumption Bill," which is model legislation from pro-business group ALEC, also prohibits lawsuits against food and drink makers or vendors for obesity or obesity-related illnesses caused by consumption of their products. 

"This bill injects some much needed common sense and personal responsibility into the law," said Sen. Tamara Barringer, R-Wake.

No such soft-drink restrictions have been proposed in North Carolina, and the bill's sponsor said he did not know of any obesity-related lawsuits filed in the state, either. But proponents of the bill say they're happening in other states.

There was no floor debate on the measure, which also passed its final Senate vote and is now headed back to the House for concurrence.

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  • GravyPig Jul 5, 2013

    "No such soft-drink restrictions have been proposed in North Carolina, and the bill's sponsor said he did not know of any obesity-related lawsuits filed in the state, either. But proponents of the bill say they're happening in other states."

    I guess that is the new GOP tagline, "Everyone else is doing it so we better do the same"

    Worrying about issues that have not presented themselves as issues.

  • monkeyboy Jul 4, 2013

    "The Republicans have sold their souls." - jackjohn2nc

    c'mon, now - we all know republicans don't have souls.

  • soapbox Jul 3, 2013

    ALEC: Dead set against the "bloated federal government in Washington, D.C." But apparently bloated citizens are A-OK.

    Laughing so hard I nearly choked on my supersize soda.

  • Krimson Jul 2, 2013

    "No such soft-drink restrictions have been proposed in North Carolina, and the bill's sponsor said he did not know of any obesity-related lawsuits filed in the state, either."

    Thank goodness the GOP did something about this huge problem! Oh, wait...

  • Cock a doodle doo Jul 2, 2013

    Maybe one day the party of fiscal responsibility will get around to passing a budget for the current budget year.

  • Cock a doodle doo Jul 2, 2013

    Glad to see the party in charge is finally getting down to business on something they claimed they were going to focus on now for 3 years: jobs, jobs, jobs. With unemployment near 20% in many counties, this pro-business bill should be the panacea.

  • dwntwnboy2 Jul 2, 2013

    The party of "smaller government" just made sure it was that much bigger- of course it was all a pro-business plan. Never mind the health needs or concerns of citizens- they are on their own, they don't give as much to the paid tools on Jones Street as the corporations do.

  • PDMARTIN Jul 2, 2013

    Really???? That's what they do up there, fine way to spend tax payer money.

  • rushbot Jul 2, 2013

    More micromanagment of our lives by the republicons..the party of small government!!!

  • Scubagirl Jul 2, 2013

    WHY are MY TAX DOLLARS paying for this nonsense????? I thought those who put the GOP in office/majority did so with the intention of them doing something FOR the citizens of NC. This sham is hardly that!!!!

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