Suffolk lawmakers Tuesday night approved county oversight of energy drinks that supporters touted as the first of its kind in the nation.
The three bills, sponsored by Legis. William Spencer (D-Centerport), passed despite fierce beverage industry resistance.
A ban on the sale of energy drinks at county parks and beaches passed 11-4, with several abstentions; a ban on marketing of the drinks to minors via coupons and free-sample mailings passed 16-0; and a measure that encourages local students to submit videos about the alleged health dangers of the drinks was approved 14-1.
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"There's an unlevel playing field with aggressive marketing of the drinks," Spencer said in explaining his reasoning.
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