The New York State Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would designate yogurt as the official state snack after a lengthy, and often humorous, debate over the bill.
The New York Times reports Republican Senator Michael Ranzenhofer sponsored the bill, saying the proposal was the idea of a fourth-grade class. The measure calls yogurt "an important economic driver" for the state, stating, "New York is now the number one processor of yogurt 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."
However, fellow lawmakers had a little lighthearted fun with Razenhofer's proposal. Democratic Senator Liz Krueger suggested the official designation might be inconsiderate to people who are lactose intolerant, according to the Times. Newsday reported that some senators suggested perhaps fruit and candy should be the official snack of the Empire State.
Republican John DeFrancisco, of Syracuse, joked that he would soon introduce legislation to make the wood frog the state's official amphibian.
The Senate voted 52 to 8 in favor of the bill, which now heads to the State Assembly.