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New York Senate Passes Bill Making Yogurt Official State Snack

The New York State Senate voted 52-8 Tuesday to make yogurt the official state snack. The bill moves on to the State Assembly for approval.

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The campaign to make yogurt the state snack was launched by fourth grade students from Byron-Bergen Elementary School. Here's one of their videos:

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The bill was introduced by State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer with a note that New York is the No. 1 processor of yogurt in the United States.

The New York State Senate voted 52-8 Tuesday to make yogurt the official state snack. Here are the debate highlights:

"It's a good source of protein," - NY state senator during debate going right now on Senate floor to make yogurt official state snack.

Andrew Kaczynski@BuzzFeedAndrew

"It's a good source of protein," - NY state senator during debate going right now on Senate floor to make yogurt official state snack.

06:13 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Did we ask if we could have other foods as the state snack or was yogurt the only option," - serious NY senate debate.

Andrew Kaczynski@BuzzFeedAndrew

"Did we ask if we could have other foods as the state snack or was yogurt the only option," - serious NY senate debate.

06:15 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Is there any clarification if it is low-fat," NY state senate yogurt debate.

Andrew Kaczynski@BuzzFeedAndrew

"Is there any clarification if it is low-fat," NY state senate yogurt debate.

06:17 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"One of my possibly concerns with supporting yogurt is the issue of lactose intolerance…" - NY state senate debate.

Andrew Kaczynski@BuzzFeedAndrew

"One of my possibly concerns with supporting yogurt is the issue of lactose intolerance…" - NY state senate debate.

06:19 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"First let me talk about the state muffin…the apple muffin…"

Andrew Kaczynski@BuzzFeedAndrew

"First let me talk about the state muffin…the apple muffin…"

06:23 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Are concerned we are offending other foods that are produced and popular in the state of New York," - NY State senator

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"Are concerned we are offending other foods that are produced and popular in the state of New York," - NY State senator

06:25 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"If you're going to pick a state snack. I think you should go through a process of having the state way in," - NY senator Buzz Killington

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"If you're going to pick a state snack. I think you should go through a process of having the state way in," - NY senator Buzz Killington

06:27 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"I think at some point we need to show leadership," - NY state senator in response to criticism of picking yogurt as official state snack.

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"I think at some point we need to show leadership," - NY state senator in response to criticism of picking yogurt as official state snack.

06:28 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"I don't think I can vote to make yogurt the official state snack..I don't think we should rush to judgement on yogurt tonight."

Andrew Kaczynski@BuzzFeedAndrew

"I don't think I can vote to make yogurt the official state snack..I don't think we should rush to judgement on yogurt tonight."

06:29 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Senator: "What are we defining as snack, Mr. Senator?" Senator Response: "You have breakfast, lunch dinner, and then you have snacks."

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Senator: "What are we defining as snack, Mr. Senator?" Senator Response: "You have breakfast, lunch dinner, and then you have snacks."

06:31 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"What if I wake in the morning and I have a cup of yogurt for breakfast. I guess that would not be considered as a snack."

Andrew Kaczynski@BuzzFeedAndrew

"What if I wake in the morning and I have a cup of yogurt for breakfast. I guess that would not be considered as a snack."

06:32 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"That is a snack, time doesn't matter. You are eating the state snack of yogurt at breakfast."

Andrew Kaczynski@BuzzFeedAndrew

"That is a snack, time doesn't matter. You are eating the state snack of yogurt at breakfast."

06:33 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

They are now debating the difference between yogurt and greek yogurt.

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They are now debating the difference between yogurt and greek yogurt.

06:35 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Debate: "Did you consider the potato as the official state snack𠉭id you consider raisin." "No." "Did the sponsor consider pretzel." "Never"

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Debate: "Did you consider the potato as the official state snackð ‰­id you consider raisin." "No." "Did the sponsor consider pretzel." "Never"

06:36 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"If the pretzel was dipped in yogurt? Could be considered the state snack?" "The yogurt would be considered the snack. Not the pretzel."

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"If the pretzel was dipped in yogurt? Could be considered the state snack?" "The yogurt would be considered the snack. Not the pretzel."

06:37 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

State Senator from Bronx:"I do think we should have a state conversation (on yogurt)….what about kale chips?"

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State Senator from Bronx:"I do think we should have a state conversation (on yogurt)….what about kale chips?"

06:40 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Albany state senator: "Seriously, will manufacturers of yogurt be able to list yogurt as the official state snack?"

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Albany state senator: "Seriously, will manufacturers of yogurt be able to list yogurt as the official state snack?"

06:42 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"What will be the cost if yogurt is designated as the official state snack in reprinting brochures?" "I don't understand your question."

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"What will be the cost if yogurt is designated as the official state snack in reprinting brochures?" "I don't understand your question."

06:43 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

State senator from Bronx: "It's almost 7pm and we're here discussing yogurt."

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State senator from Bronx: "It's almost 7pm and we're here discussing yogurt."

06:48 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ayes 52 nayes 8 YOGURT PASSES AS THE OFFICIAL STATE SNACK

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Ayes 52 nayes 8 YOGURT PASSES AS THE OFFICIAL STATE SNACK

06:54 PM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The bill will now be delivered to the State Assembly.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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