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"Big Gulp" bill passes Senate

Legislators may be tired of talking about greasy fries and giant sodas.

The N.C. Senate, without debate, approved a bill that would prevent consumer lawsuits against the food industry on claims that the food made them obese. It would also prevent a municipality from banning the sale of large sodas, such as the ban New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried.

Some legislators have argued the bill isn't needed. It would be nearly impossible for a person to win an obesity lawsuit in North Carolina. No municipality has taken on Big Gulps.

But there was no debate Monday night as the bill passed 37-9 and was sent back to the N.C. House for concurrence.

The bill is modeled after legislation proposed by the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.


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