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Water or Milk?: Those are About to be the Only Two Legal Options for Kids in California

In an attempt to reduce childhood obesity rates, the state of California is taking the reigns from parents and banning restaurants from serving sugary beverages to children.

The new bill restricts children’s drink options to be listed as just water or milk. The bill passed through the state legislature and is expected to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

The American Cancer Society led the charge on this bill, telling CBS 13, “Cancer is fought in the halls of government, not just in the halls of a hospital.”

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“Some of these kids are drinking up to three sodas a day. This is setting them up for tremendous cancer risks down the road,” said a representative for the American Cancer Society.

Although the Cancer Society is on board with the decision, not all parents agree.

“I think the government shouldn’t determine what’s available when I, as a mother, know what’s best for my child,” said Inez Deocio, an opponent of the bill.

Another parent, Scott Gregory, agreed. “As a parent, you should be able to decide for yourself whether your kid’s going to have milk or water or soda. The state shouldn’t be telling you that.”

Many on Twitter disagreed with the proposed law, urging that parents should be making the decisions.

Mike Slater, a radio host in San Diego told Fox News, “It amazes me always, the progressive instinct to ban things they don’t like. Whether in California it’s banning plastic bags or straws, or even speech.”

Under this bill, parents are still allowed to ask for a different drink, such as soda or chocolate milk, but it cannot be listed as a default beverage by the restaurant.

If a restaurant fails to comply with the new bill, they could face a fine of up to $500.

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