Maryland to charge fee for soda fountains

ANNAPOLIS Md. Restaurants and retail establishments in Maryland are facing licensing fees for their soda fountains under a revision of a more than 90-year-old state law.

According to the office of state comptroller Peter Franchot, restaurateurs would be charged between $25 and $60 annually for each location that operates a soft-drink dispenser.

The law, passed in 1916, originally addressed only those enterprises defined as soda fountain busin

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