Berkeley City Council set to vote on soda tax

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Updated: 7/01 9:19 am

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Officials in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley are set to decide whether to put a soda tax on the November ballot.

The City Council is scheduled to vote at its meeting on Tuesday night on the measure, which would impose a penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages such as energy drinks. Diet sodas and juice would be exempted.

San Francisco is also pursuing a soda tax ballot measure. Voters in the city of Richmond, also in the Bay Area, defeated a soda tax in 2012.

A bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks effectively died last month.

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