September 17, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Santa Clara County supervisors have voted to ban restaurants from giving away toys and other freebies with high-calorie meals.
Believed to be the first of its kind, the ordinance is aimed at curbing childhood obesity.
Opponents say it is another example of too much government meddling in family affairs.
The ban, approved 3-2 on Tuesday, covers unincorporated areas of
the county - which means only about a dozen fast-food chains and several family-owned restaurants.
A restaurant would face fines up to $1,000 if it violates the ban.
Supervisors will conduct a final vote May 11. If it passes then, the ordinance would take effect 90 days later.
Restaurants can still modify the proposal by suggesting alternatives that would need supervisor approval.
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