HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut school kids can breathe a sigh of relief.
A new law banning chocolate milk, which would have gone into effect July 1, has been vetoed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
Word that the Connecticut legislature had unanimously passed a law banning chocolate milk in schools became national news.
Passed on the final day of the legislative session, it was aimed at reducing kids’ salt intake. Chocolate milk does contain salt but not that much.
A worthy goal, says governor
Malloy said Thursday that reducing salt was a worthy goal but this was the wrong way to do it and added that the ban would actually have an adverse impact on kids.
“What ultimately would have happened is children would have ended up drinking less milk, getting less calcium,” the governor said.
And all you have to do is look at any school cafeteria and you’ll see that chocolate milk appears to be one of the preferred choices at lunchtime.
Malloy’s communications director, Andrew Doba, tweeted out a photo of the governor swigging a chocolate drink as he prepared to veto the legislation.
Got chocolate milk??? pic.twitter.com/Od04g6kiev
— Andrew Doba (@AndrewDoba) June 12, 2014
“I love chocolate milk, I love chocolate shakes, I like chocolate,” Malloy said. “I’m also a big milk person so looking at this … this was the right decision to make.”
And local experts say they support the governor’s veto 100 percent.
“I like chocolate milk because milk is healthy and some people like chocolate milk so they shouldn’t have banned it,” said Meickayla Blake of Bloomfield.
Added Kevone Whittingham of East Hartford: “I think he did the right thing because chocolate milk is healthy for students instead of using juices, and I do like chocolate milk so I think it was a good idea.”
“I do think he did the right thing because .. milk is healthy and having a little taste of chocolate in it is kind of good,” said Michaela Smith of Hartford. “You can’t just ban it from everyone because they have different tastes.”
The bill also attempted to limit the size of all beverages served in schools. That part of the bill is also now dead.