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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.

The New York State Senate debated and passed a bill to make yogurt the official state snack. Here’s the text of the bill:

New York State Senate

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:

"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)

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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

This yogurt debate is getting heated.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

"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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— 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."

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— 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."

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

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

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

Debate on yogurt is closed.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

So far two ayes for yogurt.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

Ayes 52 nayes 8 YOGURT PASSES AS THE OFFICIAL STATE SNACK

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

The bill will now be delivered to the State Assembly.

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