Plans for a new tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in the US state of Illinois has been rejected by lawmakers, according to reports. 

A bill, tabled by Democrat representative Robyn Gabel, called for an extra levy of US$0.01 per ounce on sweetened drinks. She claimed the move would have raised up to US$600m a year for the state, the Chicago Tribune reported.

However, a vote among Illinois' House Revenue and Finance committee yesterday (27 May) saw the bill thrown out by a majority of seven to two. 

Representative John Bradley, who chaired the committee reportedly branded it a “middle-class regressive tax”.

Gabel had argued the levy would turn consumers away from sugary drinks and lower health costs for the state.

Meanwhile, in New York City an appeal over a long-running bid to ban large soda servings is due to be heard next month.