Yesterday, the state senate passed SB 39, a bill proposed by State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, which would prohibit making, importing or selling energy drinks containing beer in California. No legislator spoke against the bill, and there was no opposition presented by the beverage industry. This bill, which passed 24-14, now goes to the assembly.

State Sen. Alex Padilla says he proposed this legislation due to evidence that caffeinated beer beverages have sent young people to the hospital because of what he calls a dangerous combination that masks the effects of alcohol. Several other states have recently enacted similar legislation (Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Utah, and Washington).

The full text of the bill is available on the legislative counsel website.

 


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