NY senate passes bill designating yogurt as official state snack

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) – The New York State Senate has passed a bill making yogurt the state’s official snack.

Wednesday’s 52-8 vote on the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer sends the proposal to the State Assembly for approval.

Ranzenhofer’s bill says yogurt is an important economic driver for the state as New York is the number one processor of the product in the country.

“Increasing demand for milk, the primary component in yogurt, has helped to support and grow our dairy industry and provide important economic growth to our rural communities,” the bill states.

Debate on the bill took much time on the floor. Democratic Sen. Gustavo Rivera questioned if yogurt is a snack if it can be eaten at breakfast while Democratic Sen. Liz Krueger argued that the bill might be inconsiderate to people who are lactose intolerant.

Other senators suggested to make a fruit or candy as the official snack instead. Republican Sen. John DeFrancisco even joked of introducing a legislation to make the wood frog the state’s official amphibian.

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