WASHINGTON (WDVM) — District of Columbia Councilmembers are actually contemplating the Diet Fairness Modification Act of 2021. The invoice was launched by Ward One Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, together with 5 different councilmembers.
The laws goals to rectify longstanding well being inequities within the District, particularly these which have been made extra obvious because the COVID-19 pandemic has continued on. Via the invoice, entry to nutritious meals will enhance for households staying at District shelters and transitional housing amenities. It would additionally promote more healthy beverage choices.
The invoice will repeal the present eight % gross sales tax on sugary drinks, and can add an excise tax of 1 level 5 cents per ounce on distribution of sugary drinks. In response to the press launch, this alteration would is more likely to encourage a buyer to make a wholesome beverage determination as a result of the elevated worth within the sugary drink seems on the shelf, not on the register.
“One factor that COVID-19 has made abundantly clear is that we have to get severe about addressing well being inequities within the District,” stated Nadeau. “In drafting this invoice, I introduced collectively members of the communities impacted by well being disparities, well being specialists and advocates to determine areas the place public well being interventions and investments could make a distinction within the well being and lives of our communities.”