Bill to ban soda in kids’ meals struck down by N.H. House

  • In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 photo, a blue raspberry soda topped with gummy candies awaits a sip at a Concord, N.H., restaurant. The New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill aimed at prohibiting restaurants from offering such sugary drinks with children's meals. The bill, which had a public hearing Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018,, would restrict beverage choices for children's meals that bundle food and drink to milk, 100 percent juice, juice combined with water, plain water or flavored water with no sweeteners. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer) Holly Ramer

Monitor staff
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The New Hampshire House voted to strike down a push to ban soda from children’s meals Tuesday, 292-39.

House Bill 1668 would have limited the drink offerings on children’s meals to milk, fruit juice or sparkling water. The law would not have prevented parents from buying soda separately.

Supporters, such as Rep. Timothy Horrigan, D-Durham, said that the practice would let parents know the kids’ menu at a restaurant doesn’t automatically come with sugary drinks.

But a strong majority of the House disagreed, with opponents saying it would take away parental freedom and choice.