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Six health groups want state lawmakers to dump prevention of sugary drink ban

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Six Wisconsin health groups say lawmakers should dump a state budget measure that would prevent communities from banning foods and drinks with sugars.

The health leaders say the ban will cause unintended consequences, like putting new limits on employee wellness programs.

Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee added the prohibition on local sugar bans last month. They did not want any Wisconsin community to follow in the footsteps of New York, which put limits on the size of sodas that people could buy.

The American Heart Association is lobbying against the Wisconsin measure – along with the American Cancer Society, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, Health First Wisconsin, and the Childhood Obesity Prevention Conference.