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Bill Stops NC Cities, Counties From Soda Limits

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File photo of a man filing up a cup with soda. (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a man filing up a cup with soda. (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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

Earlier this week, three state House Republicans filed a bill 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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