There’s not a lot of action so far on a couple of potentially controversial pieces of legislation at the Capitol.
Lawmakers heard testimony on a bill that would prohibit people from smoking in cars if a minor was in the vehicle. But no vote was taken on that bill Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a Democratic state senator from Chicago has introduced legislation to impose a tax surcharge on sugared soft drinks. The penny-per-ounce tax would apply to sodas sold in sealed containers. Senator Maddie Hunter says it would fund health programs to counteract some of the health problems associated with too much consumption of sugary drinks… but retailers and manufacturers say it would cost jobs and hurt the state’s economy.