Soda drinkers will no longer be oppressed in New York City.
A state appeals court upheld a lower court’s decision to stop Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s government-imposed 16-ounce limit on soda servings, ruling that it “violated the state principle of separation of powers.” The First Department of the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division ruled unanimously in favor of the decision to strike the ban in March.
In the original March ruling, State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling said any negative impact from consumers drinking too many sugary beverages couldn’t compare to the abuses of power that the law allowed.
“[This law] would create an administrative Leviathan and violate the separation of powers doctrine,” Tingling said, as reported by NYC’s NBC affiliate. “Such an evisceration has the potential to be more troubling than sugar-sweetened beverages.”
If it were upheld, the law would have fined offenders $200 for each violation. The law wouldn’t have applied to alcoholic drinks, milkshakes, coffee drinks, or unsweetened juices, and convenience stores and supermarkets would have been exempt too.
What a shame, ruling in favor of sugary beverages instead of the good of humanity. Now all of New York City will be fat forever.