Calif. Lawmaker Pushes Sugared Drink Tax

California state Sen. Bill Monning is pushing again for a tax on sugary drinks to pay for health programs to battle what he calls "the epidemic of childhood obesity. This week, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee gave Monning, D-Carmel, an initial victory with a 5-2 vote to move his sugar-drink tax bill to the Senate Health Committee for a May 1 hearing. (Monterey County Herald)