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4806Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20000322Primary Sponsor: AltmanAll Sponsors: AltmanDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\dka\3810mm00.docResiding Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Com 20 HANRSubject: Grits, designated as official state food; State Symbols and Emblems, Agriculture, FoodHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 20000322 Introduced, read first time, 20 HANR referred to Committee Versions of This Bill
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-703 SO AS TO RECOGNIZE GRITS AS THE OFFICIAL FOOD OF THE STATE.
Whereas, throughout its history, the South has "relished its grits", making them "a symbol of its diet, its customs, its humor, and its hospitality"; and
Whereas, every community in the State of South Carolina used to be the site of a grist mill and every local economy in the State used to be dependent on its products; and
Whereas, grits has been a part of the life of every South Carolinian of whatever race, background, gender, and income; and
Whereas, grits could very well play a vital role in the future of not only this State, but also the world, if, as The Charleston News and Courier proclaimed in 1952: "An inexpensive, simple, and thoroughly digestible food, [grits] should be made popular throughout the world. Given enough of it, the inhabitants of planet Earth would have nothing to fight about. A man full of [grits] is a man of peace". Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 1-1-703. The official state food is grits."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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