2016 SB 333 proposes to require restaurants serve only certain beverages to children via a restaurant’s children’s menu.
(A) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION (B) OF THIS SECTION, A RESTAURANT THAT OFFERS A CHILDREN’S MENU OF MEAL OPTIONS OR OFFERS A MEAL THAT IS REPRESENTED AS A CHILD’S MEAL MAY INCLUDE ONLY BOTTLED WATER, LOW–FAT MILK, OR 100% FRUIT JUICE AS A BEVERAGE IN THE PRICE OF THE MENU OPTION OR MEAL.
(B) A RESTAURANT MAY OFFER ANY LAWFUL NONALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE TO A MINOR FOR A CHARGE.
The fiscal and policy note for this bill is not yet posted. However, since this bill is a repeat from 2015, the fiscal note is de facto available. In part, it says,
A food establishment licensee that violates any law or regulation relating to food establishments is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days imprisonment for a first violation. For a second violation, the
maximum penalty is a $2,500 fine and/or one year imprisonment. In addition, a violator is subject to a civil penalty of up to $5,000, to be collected by the District Court for any county, and may be enjoined from continuing the violation. Each day is a separate violation.
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