Will Washington, D.C. Also Ban Soda?

After a D.C. council debate, rumors are spreading that the nation's capital may be next
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New York City's outgoing Mayor Bloomberg may not have won over everyone with the soda ban, but he has some fans in other cities. Now, rumors are swirling that Washington, D.C. may be next to institute a soda ban. 

The Washington Post and other media outlets reported on an interesting tidbit from the D.C. council debate for two at-large city council seats; among the topics of discussion, the New York City soda ban. At the debate, several incumbent members of the council, plus those running, came out in support of the ban, reports WTOP.com. In 2010, Councilmember Mary Cheh (D- Ward 3) tried to pass a one-cent-per-ounce soda tax, but the bill fell short by one vote. Cheh seemed to be the frontman for a possible soda ban, telling WTOP.com, "If I could get the votes to do it I would certainly try to put that in place... I would consider legislation to do that, I would like to see that done." 

Of course, only time will tell whether the city council members do take up legislation for a soda ban. Other members, like Tommy Wells (D-Word 6), seemed more hesitant to push legislation forward, and questioned if the government should get involved. And the soda battles in El Monte, Calif., and Richmond, Calif., continue to rage on. Could the soda ban sweep the nation?

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