American Elephants


A Small Victory Against the Encroaching Nanny State by The Elephant's Child

A New York State Appeals Court has ruled that Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants and other eateries was an illegal overreach of executive power, upholding a lower court decision in March that struck down the law.

The law would have prohibited those businesses from selling sodas or any other large sugary beverage larger than 16 ounces. The law “violated the state principle of separation of powers” the Appellate Division said in a unanimous decision.

Mayor Bloomberg had advanced the regulation to combat obesity among city residents. Beverage makers and business groups challenged it in court. Good for them. It’s not Mayor Bloomberg’s business.


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