PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island is considering a proposal that would ban unhealthy foods and drinks from being advertised at schools.
The state House of Representatives voted 62-8 to pass the bill Tuesday. It now moves to the Senate.
The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Joseph McNamara, says it reinforces a 2006 policy stopping schools from selling junk food and soda.
Beverage distributors also voluntarily agreed in 2006 to stop selling sodas to schools, but McNamara’s bill would ban advertising by those corporate brands and others that sell products that don’t meet minimum federal health standards.
It would prohibit advertising them at schools during the academic day and on anything used for school-related activities, such as athletic fields, scoreboards, uniforms or vending machines.
It would exempt advertising displays that are already a permanent fixture.