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Federal/State:Massachusetts
Bill:MA HB 2634 - An act to reduce childhood obesity
Summary:Would remove sales and use tax exemption from soft drinks and candy.
Sponsor(s):Representative Kay Khan (D)
Status:
As of 8/30/2013: Hearing scheduled for September 10, 2013
As of 6/20/2013: Hearing scheduled for June 25, 2013
As of 2/18/2013: Referred to Joint Committee on Revenue
As of 2/18/2013: January 11, 2013 - Filed

Federal/State:Massachusetts
Bill:MA HB 4351 - Government procurement for concessions and vending machines
Summary:This bill would expand access to healthy food choices in vending machines on state property by requiring that foods or beverages sold through vending machines located in government buildings or on property owned or managed by the Commonwealth comply with strict nutritional standards, including that beverages not contain added caloric sweeteners, that low-calorie beverages contain 40 calories or less per container, and that snack foods contain no more than 200 calories per item as offered, per package. In ge
Sponsor(s):Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
Status:
As of 8/19/2014: For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.

Federal/State:Massachusetts
Bill:MA HB 1 - Appropriations bill and changes to state sales tax
Summary:Would repeal sales tax exemption for candy and soda, see highlighted section on page 207.
Sponsor(s):Governor Deval Patrick (D)
Status:
As of 2/15/2013: Public hearing scheduled
As of 1/28/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Ways and Means