Yesterday I wrote a short post about Rep. Wachtmann. While researching him I came across some other information at the Ohio House website. Besides the new, pro-Jesus bill I discussed yesterday, Lynn has been the primary sponsor of only one other bill: HB 373.
The purpose of HB 373 is “to establish nutritional standards for certain foods and beverages sold in public and chartered nonpublic schools”. It also covers other stuff like body mass index testing and physical fitness requirements but for the purposes of this post the part about food and beverages is what’s important.
Also important (from his bio) is that Wachtmann is the “president of Maumee Valley Bottling, Inc. and a partner in Culligan Water Conditioning”. He’s also on the Board of Directors for the International Bottled Water Association.
Can you see what’s coming next?
Here’s part of the bill:
Sec. 3313.816. (A) No public or chartered nonpublic school shall permit the sale of a la carte beverage items other than the following during the regular and extended school day:
(1) For a school in which the majority of grades offered are in the range from kindergarten to grade four:
(b)(i) Prior to January 1, 2014, eight ounces or less of low-fat or fat-free milk, including flavored milk, that contains not more than one hundred seventy calories per eight ounces;
(ii) Beginning January 1, 2014, eight ounces or less of low-fat or fat-free milk, including flavored milk, that contains not more than one hundred fifty calories per eight ounces.
(c) Eight ounces or less of one hundred per cent fruit juice, or a one hundred per cent fruit juice and water blend with no added sweeteners, that contains not more than one hundred sixty calories per eight ounces.
Yep, that’s right. Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, president of a company that sells bottled water, wrote legislation that requires every school in Ohio to sell water and forbids schools from selling competing beverages like soda.
Man if THAT isn’t the definition of conflict of interest I don’t know what is.