Lawmakers: Don't Try Banning Big Gulps In NC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Some legislators say just because New York wants to ban supersized sodas and other sugary drinks doesn't mean North Carolina cities and counties can try it, too.

Three state House Republicans filed a bill Tuesday that attempts to make clear North Carolina local governments can't pass ordinances to prohibit soft drink sales above a particular size. The bill says it doesn't apply to rules related to the cleanliness of soft drink dispensers.

The legislation comes a few weeks after a judge blocked enforcement of the 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sweet drinks approved by the city of New York's health board with the backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The bill also tries to bar legal actions by consumers who blame food producers for becoming fat by eating their products.


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