Issue Update: California Gov. Schwarzenegger Vetoes "Alcopop" Tax Break



California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently vetoed Assembly Bill 417, which would have legitimized the widespread distribution of and low tax rates on "alcopop" (FMB) beverages.  Alcopops, sweet-flavored drinks such as Smirnoff Ice and Bacardi Silver, often derive much if not most of their alcohol from liquor, not beer.  The last minute legislation would have preserved a tax rate on alcopops  of 20 cents vs. $3.30 per gallon -- the rate for distilled spirits.  


CSPI joined the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, the Marin Institute, California Attorney General Bill Lockyear, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and other public health and safety advocates in successfully opposing the bill.







Updated October 14, 2005


Related Links:


CSPI's letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger


CSPI's Press Release



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