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Weakened School Trans Fats Ban Advances In Colorado

DENVER (AP) — The nation’s leanest state has backed off a sweeping trans fats ban for public schools in favor of a weaker version intended to reduce childhood obesity.

A Senate committee gave 4-3 approval Thursday to a bill that bans trans fats in school cafeterias and vending machines. But lawmakers also exempted more than half of the state’s school districts.

Lawmakers also removed fundraisers from the trans fat ban. That means school bake sales, and many sporting concession stands, would not be affected.

The changes mean the trans fat ban would not be the nation’s strictest. Other states already have similar trans fat bans.

Colorado’s bill still faces a vote in the full Democratic Senate before heading to the Republican House.

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