The California state legislature has passed and sent on to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature, S.1192 – the Healthy Kids Meal Act. Just weeks after the Golden State banned local communities from passing their own taxes on groceries (including and ostensibly, targeting soda), the legislature is dictating that only water, flavored water or unflavored milk can be included as the default drink in so-called kids meals. The measure, about which Brown has yet to indicate support or opposition, allows for the purchase of a soda, juice or other beverage with a kid’s meal, but only if the parent specifically requests it. The bill was passed in both branches by significant majorities, 29-9 in the Senate and 46-26 in the Assembly with no debate in the Senate and a minimal amount in the lower branch.