Bloom Introduces Sugary Beverage Tax to Combat Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic
(Sacramento) – Led by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), three California legislators – Assemblymembers Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) and David Chiu (S-San Francisco) are co-authors with Bloom - have introduced a bill that would establish a health impact fee on sugar sweetened beverages in an effort to fund obesity, diabetes prevention and dental programs. Assembly Bill 2782 would generate an estimated $2.3 billion a year to prevent and treat obesity, diabetes, heart and dental disease that is ravaging the Golden State and the rest of the country. “Science overwhelmingly demonstrates that the overconsumption of soda and other sugar laden beverages has led to an epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity throughout our country and here in California,” said Assemblymember Bloom. Learn more in this Assembly Access video.