Legislation introduced in West Virginia that would ban purchase of sugary soft drinks or carbonated beverages with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits

CHARLESTON, West Virginia , February 25, 2013 () – Legislation has been introduced in West Virginia that would ban the purchase of sugary soft drinks or carbonated beverages with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, the Associated Press reported Feb. 22.

Republican Delegate John Ellem, who co-sponsored the bill, said the bill is aimed at steering the spending of taxpayer dollars toward healhier food choices.

Nearly 20% of state residents receive SNAP benefits, while nearly a third are considered obese.

The primary source of this article is the Associated Press, New York, New York, on Feb. 22, 2013.

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