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.

California Lawmakers Introduce Series of Bills in Effort to Reduce Soda Consumption

California legislators are ramping up a new battle with the sodaindustry by introducing a new group of bills this week. These proposed laws are designed to limit the consumption of soft drinks throughout the state. These could change what is offered in LA restaurants by instituting a ban of large-sized sodas, new health label warnings, and a restriction on low-priced promotions for soft drinks.