SB 1118 by Sen. Liz Figueroa (D-Fremont) was amended on April 17 to impose a 2% sales tax on all carbonated beverages and food products sold by specific retailers to establish a Children's Health Insurance Fund. The fund would be used to finance children's health care programs related to obesity, diabetes and other conditions. The amended bill also would impose an excise tax on the purchase of advertising space in excess of a certain amount for advertisements of nutritionally deficient foods. The bill originally would have provided access to affordable health insurance to all uninsured children in California and developed a plan to fund the insurance. The bill was re-referred to the Senate Rules Committee.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.