California legislature bans trans fats in all restaurants

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers made it official Monday: Eating at some restaurants can be bad for your health.

Vowing to fight heart disease, lawmakers approved legislation to ban restaurants and bakeries from using trans fats.

Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, an Artesia Democrat who proposed AB 97, predicted his bill will save lives if signed into law.

Mendoza, a former fourth-grade teacher, said many kids struggle with obesity and lack of exercise at very young ages.

"Using trans fats in fast-food and other restaurants is not helping at all," Mendoza said.

AB 97 now goes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed legislation last year to ban trans fats in public school cafeterias but has taken no position on Mendoza's bill.

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