Mayor Bloomberg’s Nanny Soda Ban Gets The Slapdown From A State Judge

March 11, 2013 5:33 pmViews: 2288

New York Mayor Bloomberg soda ban gets the slapdown

Okay, I'm a health nut and I have not had a soda in probably 10 years, no kidding. But with that said, the soda ban Mayor Bloomberg of New York City was pushing is nothing but pure government nanny intervention at its worst. The ban was supposed to go into effect tomorrow, but thankfully a state Supreme Court Judge has placed a permanent injunction on the law.

For once a judge has finally seen the light in such a ridiculous and arbitrary law and has rule with common sense against the silliness of Mayor Bloomberg and his penchant for control. Judge Milton Tingling in ruling against the soda ban which outlawed sugary bottles of soda and fountain drinks over 20 ounces, said that it was, "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences." Of course it's arbitrary, it's coming from control freak, Mayor Bloomberg.

I personally think drinking soda is unhealthy and puts too much sugar in your body, but sorry, that should be left up to the individual to decide. There are plenty more serious things I'm sure Mr Bloomberg needs to handle in New York City other than people enjoying their large sugary drinks. We highly applaud the Judge in this case.

Read more on the judge's ruling from the Wall Street Journal below:

A state judge on Monday stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration from banning the sale of large sugary drinks at New York City restaurants and other venues, a major defeat for a mayor who has made public-health initiatives a cornerstone of his tenure.

The city is "enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations," wrote New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling, blocking the rules one day before they would have taken effect. The city's chief counsel, Michael Cardozo, pledged to quickly appeal the ruling.

In halting the drink rules, Judge Tingling noted that the incoming sugary drink regulations were "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences" that would be difficult to enforce with consistency "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," the judge wrote. (Read the full text of the ruling.)

Under a first-of-its-kind prohibition approved by the city Board of Health last year, establishments from restaurants to mobile food carts would have been prohibited from selling sugary drinks larger than 16 oz. After a three-month grace period, the city would have started fining violators $200 per sale.

The city rules, set to take effect on March 12, didn't include convenience stores, such as 7-Elevens, and supermarkets, both of which are regulated by the state government.

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