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State's Highest Court Weighs Large Sugary Drink Ban

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City health officials will try to convince the state's top court to reinstate a ban on large sugary drinks.

The New York State Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments today from the Board of Health, which claims it has the right to ban sales of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg enforced the restriction back in 2012 in an effort to reduce obesity.

The ban applied to restaurants, delis, fast-food joints, movie theaters, stadiums and street carts.

Some business owners sued, claiming health officials overstepped their authority, and a lower court agreed.

The City Council and state lawmakers have considered the issue, but never imposed restrictions.

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