PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A Rhode Island state lawmaker has pulled a proposed tax on sugary soda from the legislative agenda but says she plans to bring the idea back next year.
State Rep. Edith Ajello, a Providence Democrat, tells The Associated Press that not enough supporters were available to address lawmakers during a hearing on the bill that had been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
The proposal would add a tax of one penny per ounce to the cost of regular soda or other sugar-sweetened drinks. Diet sodas or other non-sugared drinks would not be subject to the tax.
Ajello wants the revenue raised from her proposed tax to fund initiatives to fight obesity, diabetes and other public health threats.
The owners of convenience stores, restaurants and beverage companies oppose the bill.