Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The New York State cupcake-as-official-children's-snack bill

I stole this article directly from the Cupcakes take the cake Blog.

As you may have read or heard, New York State Assemblyman Michael Benjamin is sponsoring a bill to make cupcakes the official state children's snack, and thereby keep them from being banned in schools. Stories on school cupcake bans across the country are now popping up quite frequently.

Benjamin writes on his site, where he's also chronicled the media and constituent reaction to the story:

The measure has garnered far more attention than I (or my wife, Kennedy) could have imagined. To my wife’s chagrin, we were recently called “the cupcake couple” by a constituent when we stopped at a local senior citizens center. Kennedy is an advocate of healthy eating and living. Together, we have worked on bills addressing health care disparities, increasing child health care spending, and improving school nutrition programs. She advised that I should be sensitive to the issues of obesity, nutrition and food allergies that occur in children and adults.

Below is the text of the bill. New Yorkers, if you feel so inclined, write to your respresentatives and tell them to support this bill! (via West Bronx Blog)

A09446 Summary:

BILL NO A09446

SAME AS No same as

SPONSOR Benjamin

COSPNSR

MLTSPNSR

Add S88, State L

Provides that the cupcake is the official state children`s snack.
A09446 Actions:

BILL NO A09446

10/09/2007 referred to governmental operations
A09446 Votes:

A09446 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A9446

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the state law, in relation to making the cupcake the
official state children`s snack

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To allow children to enjoy cupcakes.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 -- Amends the state law by adding a new section 88 which
will make cupcakes the official state children`s snack.

JUSTIFICATION:
This bill would protect the cupcake from being banned at schools in
New York. The recent ban in New York public schools will restrict
fundraising capabilities for school activities that rely on cupcake
sales and the presence of cupcakes at birthday parties. The decision
for a child to eat a cupcake should be decided by the child`s parents,
not school boards or state and local governments. Parents need to take
the initiative to ensure that their children receive proper nutrition
information on the foods that they eat.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

2 comments:

Michael said...

The bill has one co-sponsor so far. Assemblyman Joel Miller (R-Westchester) recently signed on. M/A Miller is a dentist by profession. In the state senate, Brooklyn Senator Martin Golden has agreed to carry the bill.

While I'm supporting Sen Obama for President, Mrs. Clinton did say on The Late Show with David Letterman that as president, she would have "cupcakes for everyone on her birthday."

Assemblyman Michael Benjamin

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