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Legislation to Prohibit Beverage Taxes Signed by California Governor
Last Thursday the Governor of California signed Assembly Bill 1838, which prohibits new local taxes on “groceries” through 2030. The bill prevents local entities from imposing any grocery taxes, including taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, through 2030. AB 1838 is retroactive to the beginning of 2018, meaning any new beverage taxes that local governments may have planned to pursue this year would be voided. This bill will not affect beverage taxes in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland which were approved previously but does impact any taxes currently being proposed.