What exactly are we defining as a snack? asked Gustavo Rivera, a Democratic New York state senator.
I think it’s self-explanatory. I mean, you have breakfast, lunch and dinner, and then you have snacks, said Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, the Republican sponsor of a bill that would make yogurt the official snack of New York state.
Did you consider, say, the potato chip? Rivera asked, posing the same question about raisins and pretzels. What if the pretzel was dipped in yogurt?
Sometime during this debate, the fourth-grade class from upstate New York, a dairy-producing area, might have wondered what they created when they suggested the legislation to Ranzenhofer.
David Letterman and Jon Stewart knew. Letterman played video from the debate as part of a segment called New York State: Your Tax Dollars at Work.
Stewart called the deliberations maybe the best 40 minutes of legislative debate ever. Even the fourth graders who brought this up in the first place are like, They’re still talking about the state snack?’ Stewart said.
The New York Senate’s debate about declaring yogurt the state’s official snack was intended to teach the fourth-grade class about government, the Associated Press reported. The Senate spent 45 minutes this week debating the merits of the legislation.
New York is America’s largest yogurt producer. Genesee County, home to the elementary students who suggested the bill, is home to dairy farms and yogurt plants that employ hundreds. We can probably say that the New York state Senate is one of the largest producers of something else, not yogurt.