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Bill Would Ban Sports Drinks From Schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is eager to sign a bill that would ban sports drinks in middle schools and high schools.

The state Senate passed the bill today on a 21-11 vote and Schwarzenegger is urging the state Assembly to act quickly on it. Schwarzenegger, a former bodybuilder, says studies have linked weight gain and sports drinks.

The bill's author says it wouldn't prohibit athletes from consuming sports drinks during after-school practices or competitions. California already bans sports drinks in elementary schools and sodas have been banned from all school vending machines since 2007.

Critics say the bill is another example of the state trying to control personal choices. One senator calls it "nanny government run amok."

 

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