MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican lawmakers on the Joint Finance Committee passed a measure to prohibit local governments from banning large soft drinks and other high-calorie food and drink.
JFC passed the motion authored by Rep. Pat Strachota (R-West Bend) and Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) on a party-line vote. It specifically prohibits a county or municipality from enacting an ordinance or adopting a resolution that bans, prohibits or otherwise restricts the sale of food or non-alcoholic beverages based on a number of calories, portion size or other nutritional criteria.
The four Democrats on JFC voted against the measure, with most asking why such a non-fiscal item wasn't introduced as a separate bill.
Rep. Strachota called it the "anti-Bloomberg" bill, saying she wants to know she will still be able to get her large popcorn and large soda when she goes to the movie theater.