SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has abandoned plans to charge grocery stores and other retailers a fee for selling sugary drinks.

Newsom said last year that he planned to introduce legislation that would impose the fee despite the likelihood that it would prompt a lawsuit.

But he told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that he will not follow through on the plan because he is "open to disagreement and listening to the evidence." Newsom made the comments while discussing his decision to veto a proposed fee on alcohol.

The mayor says he still wants to persuade people to lay off sugary drinks such as Pepsi and has an alternative plan that he expects to introduce within the next two weeks.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

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