Updated: Aug 2
TAP is excited to announce Connecticut House Bill 5141 An Act Prohibiting the Sale of Energy Drinks to Children Under the Age of 18 has PASSED!
This bill was voted out of committee eight to six. It will prevent the sale of energy drinks to minor children under the age of 18 years of age.
TAP is beyond excited about this bill passing out of committee and proud to have provided assistance to the amazing students of City Hill Middle School.
If you haven't been following our Facebook page and you're not familiar with this bill, there have been several attempts by various states to get similar bills passed, yet NO other state has been able to get this passed out of committee.
THIS IS A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT!!!!
A science project conducted by 7th-grade students of City Hill Middle School in Naugatuck, Connecticut, turned out not only to be a lesson in science but in civics as well. These students had to research the ingredients in energy drinks and whether they appeared to be healthy or unhealthy. They then presented their case to a panel of adults. On that panel happened to be State Representative Liz Linehan. Representative Linehan was so impressed with the student's work that she drafted a bill with students' input.
Here's a short video explaing more
On February 7th, 2019, the students traveled to their State Capitol to testify on behalf of their bill and lobbied legislators. That bill was just two votes shy of passing and got stuck in committee.
On May 15, 2019 the students returned to the State Capitol at the invitation of the Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. The students met with the Govenor as well as the house majority and minority leader and got support from all three for their bill to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under the age of 16. What started out as a middle school science project is now making a real difference in the lives of children throughout the state.
On March 3, 2020 students returned to the State Capitol to give additional testimony. Accompanying them were several of the families from our Facebook group who have lost their children to energy drinks. Students and family's who testified all wore The Awareness Project's "Realize The Risk" braclets in unity and support of our combined efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of energy drinks.
On March 10, 2020 the committee voted to pass House Bill 5141 banning the sale of energy drinks to children under 16. Not only were they so impressed with the testimony of those in favor of this bill and the evidence to support it, committee members decided to raise the age limit to 18 yrs old.
We are one step closer to making this become the FIRST law in the United States banning the sale of energy drinks to children. The State of Connecticut has been the FIRST brave State to make the health and safety of the children a priority over corporate profits👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
This bill will now be sent to the house to be voted on. If passed there it will be signed into law by Governor Ned Lamont who has already pledged his support to the City Hill Middle School students.
Thank you to State Representative Liz Linehan who truly fought to make this happen and to City Hill Middle School science teacher Katrina Papachristos Spina who has supported and guided her students through this entire process.
Our county needs laws like this in EVERY US State and territory in order to prevent more deaths Like Anais Fournier 14, Davis Cripe 16, Lana Hamamn 16 and Brian Shepherd 15. These young children with their whole lives ahead of them would still be alive today if laws were in place years ago like the medical community has been asking for.
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