California moves to ban beer-boosted energy drinks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California would follow the lead of other states in banning energy drinks containing beer under a bill advancing through the Legislature.

State Sen. Alex Padilla says caffeinated beer beverages have sent young people to the hospital because of what he calls a dangerous combination that masks the effects of alcohol. He says the products are often marketed to young drinkers.

His bill, SB39, passed the Senate on a 24-14 vote Monday. It now goes to the Assembly.

The bill by Padilla, a Democrat from Los Angeles, would prohibit making, importing or selling the beverages in California.

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