According to NBC News on March 11, a judge has just invalidated Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks for New York City’s restaurants and other eateries. The law was supposed to take effect tomorrow.
State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling ruled that the new law is “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences. The simple reading of the rule leads to the earlier acknowledged uneven enforcement even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole….the loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of the rule.”
He further stated that New York City is “enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations.” This ruling came in response to a lawsuit challenging the ban filed by the American Beverage Association.
Mayor MichaelBloomberg feels that the new law is a way to curb obesity. Beverage manufacturers disagreed and said that the law was an illegal overreach that infringed on the personal liberty of consumers.
After the ruling, Mayor Bloomberg tweeted: “We believe @nycHealthy [NYC Health Dept.] has the legal authority and responsibility to tackle causes of the obesity epidemic, which kills 5,000 NYers a year.”
What do you think? Whether you drink sugary sodas or not, do you think this type of law is good to have? Or do you think it’s an infringement of personal liberty? Leave a comment below.
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