US: New York soda ban appeal to be heard in June - report
The legislation may yet come to pass in New York City
New York City’s bid to ban large soda servings remains alive with a legal appeal against a decision stopping the move set to be heard in June, according to reports.
Under the city’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, lawyers will put forward arguments for the ban on high-sugar soft drinks bigger than 16 ounces at the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, on 4 June, New York Daily News reported this week. De Blasio had previously indicated he was in favour of the ban.
The measure, originally proposed by former mayor Michael Bloomberg, was thrown out by New York's Supreme Court in March last year, the day before it was due to take effect. The court said the proposed rules were “arbitrary and capricious”.
An appeals court also uphled the decision last summer.
However, an appeal from the Bloomberg administration was tabled with New York State's Court of Appeals last October, which agreed to hear the arguments.
The American Beverage Association argues the proposed ban is unpopular among consumers and would harm "thousands of small businesses" in New York.
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