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Legislation to ban food trucks from selling near school campuses was shelved Wednesday.

Assemblyman Bill Monning said he lacked the votes to pass his measure, Assembly Bill 1678, but he remains committed to a crackdown on the sale of non-nutritious foods to children.

Monning's proposal would have banned food trucks from selling within 500 feet of a campus from breakfast until dinner time on any day that students are attending classes. Some exceptions would have been allowed, such as if the food truck were on private property or was operating through a formal agreement with a school district.

"For years, Californians have worked to remove sodas and unhealthful snacks from school grounds," Monning said. "Vendors are bringing these very items back to the school gate using the mobility of ice cream trucks, pushcarts, and other portable units. This undermines the statewide nutrition improvements that we have established."

Monning said he will continue meeting with supporters of his bill to craft a different legislative solution.

"It wasn't ready for prime time," he said of AB 1678.

* Amended at 5:26 p.m. to reflect an amendment that would have allowed mobile sales no closer than 500 feet from a school, not 500 yards.


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