Latest Updates from Assemblymember Bloom

California lawmakers propose soda tax, ban on large sugary drinks

Lawmakers plan to introduce five bills which will not only tax soda and other sugary drinks but also will limit serving sizes, coupons and deal and in store displays of those drinks. The bills would also require warning labels similar to ones found on cigarettes.

The California Medical Association and California Dental association both support the move.

Studies: Rat Poisons Harm Bobcats' Immune Systems, Genetics

LOS ANGELES— Two studies by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles and the National Park Service reveal that rat poisons are causing dramatic changes to the immune system and genetics of bobcats. The research provides further support for a bill introduced late last month to greatly restrict super-toxic rodenticides in California.

Possible soda tax returns for statewide discussion

The state assemblymember representing Santa Monica is introducing a bill that would tax soda and sugar-sweetened beverages – for the third time.

Richard Bloom, a Democrat who represents the Westside in the California State Assembly and served as Mayor of Santa Monica, announced yesterday that he is introducing legislation to tax soda sold in California as a way to tackle the state’s diabetes and obesity problems. The revenue from the tax, which is intended to be a disincentive to purchasing soda and sugary drinks, will fund programs that prevent diabetes and obesity.

Soda is back with size restriction, warning label and tax all on the Legislature's table.

Some alarming statistics about the health of Californians: In 2016, 25 percent of adults were obese. That's almost a 40-percent increase from 2001. One out of every 12 adults reports being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Add in those with undiagnosed cases of diabetes and those who have prediabetes, and you're looking at 55 percent of the state's adult population. Those who drink at least one soda daily are 27-percent more likely than others to be obese.