Junk food tax on Navajo Nation lawmakers' agenda

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) -- Navajo Nation lawmakers have a packed agenda when they convene Thursday for a special session in Window Rock.

Among the 20 items on the agenda are bills to stiffen penalties for crimes on the reservation, address term limits for the tribal president and lawmakers, and impose a junk food tax.

Previous proposals for a 2 percent tax on food with little to no nutritional value have had mixed receptions in being both rejected and approved by tribal lawmakers. President Shelly vetoed one proposal, and an attempt to override it failed.

Another veto from Shelly on a bill to let Navajos decide whether political candidates are fluent in the tribe's language is on this week's special session agenda.

The session ends Friday.