• Medical emergency results in tie vote, killing soda-tax bill
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    The Associated Press | February 22,2013
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    MONTPELIER — A Vermont House committee has killed legislation that would have levied a new tax on sugary soft drinks and used the money to pay for public health education and to help smooth the transition to a health care overhaul.
    In a move that drew the comment “Holy Smokes!” from a member of the Senate Health and Welfare committee, the House panel voted 5-5 on the measure. The tie vote killed the bill the committee had spent weeks drafting.
    The tie vote came after committee members said a supporter of the bill, Rep. George Till, who is an obstetrician-gynecologist, had to leave for a medical emergency.
    The vote appears to mean there won’t be a new tax on sugar sweetened beverages.
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