CONCORD, N.H. — Feb 14, 2018, 3:04 PM ET

New Hampshire bill targets soda on kids menus

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Fewer children will wash down their chicken fingers and fries with soda if a bill limiting beverage choices for restaurant children's meals gets through the New Hampshire Legislature.

The bill would apply to restaurants that serve children's meals that include food and a beverage for one price. Such meals would only be allowed to include milk, 100 percent juice or juice combined with water, plain water or flavored water with no sweeteners. Customers still could purchase soda or other sugary drinks on the side.

Democratic Rep. Timothy Horrigan said Wednesday the change would help children learn healthy eating habits. The New Hampshire Restaurant and Lodging Association opposed it, saying it would burden restaurant workers.

Lawmakers in Vermont, Massachusetts, Hawaii and New York are also considering restrictions on children's meals.

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  • Jenna

    All this will do is make restaurants sell drinks separately. No business owner wants to be forced to buy and serve gallons of something their customers don't really want. After all, if kids wanted milk and juice, we wouldn't be scheming up laws to force them to drink it.

  • Jenna

    This is just some Nanny State nonsense. Wonder how much the dairy and fruit juice industries "lobbied" for this silly law.

  • just saying

    like the fried chicken fingers and fries is healthy, why not throw in the soda and call it a junk food day.

  • mick pick

    When democrats pass a law in liberal states that says food stamps can't buy soda,candy,cookies, and other sweets then I might listen to them.

  • Rubber Banned

    Interesting, New Hampshire is not usually on the leading edge of the nanny state movement.

  • Penelope Justice

    Spend your time and energy getting rid of guns, instead of sodas!!

  • Curmudgathrope

    Since nothing is actually banned yet, I'd like the AR-15 with Fries and a Large Coke please. /s

  • TexasVulcan

    Make it harder for restaurant workers? How?

  • Suspect Everything

    Another Mass. influence. Used to be a good state! :(

  • Brad

    Kids should not drink carbonated sweetened soda drinks with every meal, but having one with a meal when they are eating out is certainly not going to harm the child. Spend more time making certain that the kids get vaccinated and basic health care and less time being a surrogate second guessing government nanny.

  • xThatxSamexDudex

    This is THE definition of a nanny law. My kids rarely get soda. Why is it so hard for parents to tell their kids "no"?

  • LMcW

    So much for NH motto of live free or die.

  • Prophet With Honor

    Excuse me, but don't they have more pressing issues?

  • Stonecrusher

    Why no carbonated water? It has no added sugar, only carbon dioxide.

  • HelloDarkness

    the kids should be learning from their parents. Why do some in the government try to act like Big Brother? I don't need the feds to tell me what I can and cannot consume.

  • Disdanewsh

    Another stupid bill from a stupid Democrat. Who's forcing anyone to drink soda? I always upgrade my combo meals and just pay the extra. Stop telling people what they can eat and drink and in what size container. Why is it the Democrats are always the ones running around calling people fascists yet they're the ones always introducing bills for government to control every aspect of peoples lives. Live Free or Die.

  • Gimme__A__break

    Heehee the 33 grams of sugar from the apple juice and the 39 grams of sugar from the coke, do exactly the same thing in the body.

  • CaliforniaBorn

    The "nanny state" strikes again.

  • TS13

    Milk, chicken fingers and fries. What a stellar diet, lol. Killi em slowly so that through their years they will rely on the medical industry snake oil.

  • Ronald Bandor

    Spare me.

  • Mungo Strango

    Sorry, we go out very seldom and even then, as a treat, we seldom let our kid have a soda.

  • Blaize Rage

    So don't sell kids combo meals.

  • xtch3

    Sorry. Most parents are quite capable of deciding what their children should eat. An occasional soda is not going to hurt them. It should not be up to government bodies of any kind to make those decisions. The only food related thing they should be watching out for is being sure the food itself and the way it is handled is safe.