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Vermont House committee kills sugary drinks tax

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

It appears a proposed soda-tax went down the drain in Montpelier Friday.

The proposal would have imposed a penny per ounce sales tax on sugar sweetened beverages.
The measure had been tied to the 2014 health budget funding bill.
But Friday health committee members in the House were split 5-5.  Democrats for, Progressives, Republicans and Independents against.
     
Committee chairman, Representative Mike Fisher (D-Lincoln) said the group won't spend any more time on the issue this year. "You have to trust the process and sometimes it's a frustrating process here, but like I say, the bill died on a tie and it's time for us to move on to the next thing," he said.

The measure might have gotten a sixth vote to escape committee. But physician and Rep. George Till (D-Jericho), a sponsor of similar legislation in previous sessions, left prior to the vote to attend to a medical emergency.
     
Supporters say the tax could help fight obesity. Opponents claimed it would have hurt businesses in border towns. The Governor did not support the tax.

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