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Tax could be a big blow to the soda industry

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Protesters lined the streets in front of Philadelphia's City Hall this week. (CBS photo) Protesters lined the streets in front of Philadelphia's City Hall this week. (CBS photo)
PHILADELPHIA, PA (WFSB) -

A law that could cause the soda industry to fizzle is one step closer to passing.

Philadelphia could soon become the first major U.S. city with a sugary drinks tax.

Other major cities have tried to pass one, and failed.

The Democratic presidential candidates have taken sides on it. Former mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent thousands of dollars supporting it, and the soda industry has done every thing it can to try to stop it.

The debate outside of Philadelphia's City Hall became heated this week.

Mayor Jim Kenney initially proposed a 3 cents per ounce tax, in order to pay for universal pre-kindergarten, community schools and park improvements. Last night the amended plan, with that one and a half cent tax, passed through a city council committee vote. The full council vote is scheduled for Thursday.

Other cities have tried to pass similar taxes, including New York and San Francisco, but all of those measures failed.

A final vote on the tax is expected on June 16, which is the deadline for adopting next year's fiscal budget.

The soda industry is expected to sue the city if the tax is adopted.

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