California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Keep Groceries Affordable Act, a statute preventing local agencies in the state from imposing taxes or fees on groceries, including “carbonated and noncarbonated nonalcoholic beverages,” until January 1, 2031. The law, which exempts taxes that do not specifically refer to groceries as a target classification, also invalidates any “tax, fee, or other assessment on groceries imposed by a local agency after January 1, 2018,” but will not invalidate taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages in San Francisco and Berkeley.

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