- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The New York State Senate spent a considerate amount of time Tuesday debating, and eventually passing, a proposed bill that would make yogurt the official state snack.

The Senate voted 52 to 8 in favor of yogurt, a booming industry in the state, the New York Times reported.

State Sen. Liz Krueger, a Democrat, took issue with the fact that yogurt might alienate New Yorkers who are lactose intolerant. She suggested the state should do a better job polling residents on their snack preferences.

Gustavo Rivera, a Democrat, wondered if yogurt could truly be counted as a snack if it could be eaten at breakfast time, the Times reported.

State senators suggested other snack ideas, like fruit and candy. Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Republican, mocked that he would soon sponsor a bill making the wood frog the state’s official amphibian, Newsday reported.

“Almost 7 o’clock and we are here discussing yogurt,” said Democratic state Sen. Rubén Díaz Sr.

The bill was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer, who said the yogurt proposal was the idea of a fourth grade class.

“This is really democracy in action,” he said, according to the Times.

The bill has been passed on to the Assembly for approval.

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