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(Denver, Colorado, 1/26/2006) Jarai Wires (cq), 15, a sophomore at North High School, says that he loves the Munchies and spends about $2 a week on them. He also says that he will eat healthier foods, as well, if they are made more available. He would even eat apples if they are not old and mushie. A controversial bill that would require schools to make sure half of their vending machine items are nutritious is scheduled to be heard today in a House committee. A similar bill died last year among concerns that it usurped local control and was downright silly. House Bill 1056 is sponsored by House Majority Leader Alice Madden, D-Boulder, and Sen. Deanna Hanna, D-Lakewood. Lawmakers in 2004 passed bill encouraging schools to make sure half of vending machine snacks were nutrious. The rise of obesity among children spurred the move to make the law mandatory. If approved by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Bill Owens, any school contract signed after 2008 would have to meet the 50-50 mandate. Among the items considered nutritious snacks are milk, water, sports drinks, nuts, seeds... (JUDY DEHAAS/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) Jarai Wires (cq)

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