Vending machine bill hits snag in state Senate

Monday, February 9th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A bill to prohibit soft drink vending machines in elementary and middle schools hit a snag in a state Senate committee Monday morning.

The Senate Education Committee vote on whether to send the bill to the full Senate tied at 8-to-8, keeping the measure in committee.

Some members say they're worried about money that would be lost by schools that have contracts with soft drink companies.

The bill by Senator Bernest Cain also calls for more nutritious snacks in the vending machines and is supported by health officials who say obesity is increasing in children.

The soft drink industry questions whether soft drinks in schools have as much affect on obesity as a lack of physical activity by children.

Committee Chairwoman Penny Williams says she'll bring the bill back for another vote next week.