The Senate Health committee met to consider SB 203 (Monning) that would have required restaurants to notify patrons at the “point of purchase” with the following warning:
“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” We were successful in killing this bill with the help of key democrats and republicans on the committee.
Additionally, the Assembly Agriculture committee was set to consider AB 820 (Stone) which would have required new seafood labeling mandates and required menu disclosure on whether seafood was line caught or farmed. Additionally, the bill sought to undue California Fish and Game regulations that have been in place since the 1970s and allow for a variety of rock fish to be called Pacific Red Snapper. Responding largely to concerns of the CRA, enough democrats and republicans on the committee were not supportive of the bill and the author of the bill, Assemblymember Mark Stone, had his bill pulled from the committee agenda effectively killing the bill for the year.