An Act imposing a 3% tax on soda to fund extracurricular activities in schools.

  • Posted on: 24 February 2019
  • By: Luke Hopta
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
An Act relating to a tax on soda
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that a tax of 3% be imposed on soda, and that money is used to fund extracurricular activities in NJ schools.
Sections: 
I: Soda is defined as any carbonated beverage excluding carbonated water that contains 0 calories, 0 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of fat. Extracurricular is defined as clubs, groups, teams, committees, etc. that are run through the school outside of learning time involving primarily students at that school.
II: All businesses must implement this tax by 2020. Failure to do this will result in a $1 fine per 6 ounces not taxed.
III: Taxes collected will be distributed to schools as such: Schools that wish to benefit from this will give the count of their student body. All students will be added and tax revenue will be divided by that number. Each school gets an equal sum per student. This money is to be used for Extracurricular activities.
Effective Date: 
This bill shall take effect on January 1st, 2020.
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of this bill is to make people think more before buying beverages that are harmful to them. According to Harvard School of public health, each additional 12 oz soda children drink increases their chances of becoming obese by 60% in the coming years. In addition, this bill allows public schools to have more funds for their extracurricular activities including clubs and sports. This bill will not only make people more health conscious, but also provide children with valuable extra curricular things to benefit the entire community in the long run. These Activities would be decided by the school to provide the most success for students in that area.
Author's Note: 
The Cost for this bill is updating law books and letting businesses know about the new law.
Fund Summary: 
The funds for this law will initially come from the department of education as the taxes collected from this law will primarily benefit them. The initial cost is extremely minimal and will be likely made back within days.
Speedpass Consideration: 
No
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