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The Oklahoma State Senate has passed a bill banning junk food in the state’s elementary and middle schools, effective 2007. The bill prevents the sale of soft drinks and low nutritional snack items, except on “special occasions.” In the state’s high schools, junk food is not banned, but officials are required to offer healthier options.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, where it is thought to have a “good chance” of success.

At the same time, the West Virginia House of Representatives is considering a bill that will ban soft drinks from elementary, middle and high schools during the school day, and require them to offer healthy alternatives in vending machines. However, the committee has amended the bill so that sports drinks such as Gatorade are included as being “healthy,” despite some criticism that they have too much sugar to be included in that category.
KC's View:
We’re not saying this is a good idea, but we’re wondering when someone is going to offer legislation on a junk food ban at the federal level. It is almost beginning to seem inevitable.