We have to start wondering why the state legislature exists when they decide that a gooey combination of white bread, peanut butter and marshmallow deserves the time to vote it the official Massachusetts state sandwich.
FLUFFERNUTTER: The House today ordered a third reading of H 2868 designating the Fluffernutter as the official sandwich of the Commonwealth.
Suffolk Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein must love sweet, gooey sandwiches, because she is the sponsor of this bill to make the Fluffernutter the official Massachusetts State Sandwich. The bill still needs another vote in the House before going to the Senate.
Ah, Fluffernutters... there are many who say you haven't really lived until you've taken a bite out of one of these distinctly gooey American treats, a combination of nutritious white bread, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. which was invented in 1917 in Somerville and is made with just four ingredients: corn syrup, sugar syrup, dried egg whites and artificial vanilla flavoring.
Ms. Reinstein is a former state representative who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1999 to 2014. She is a Revere resident and a member of the Democratic Party, but she resigned to become a lobbyist for Boston Beer Company.
Fluffernutter and whiskey, pretty risky. Fluffernutter and beer, never fear
I have a hard time putting the two of her favorites together - Fluffernutter and Beer?
She replaced her father William Reinstein as the State Representative upon the latter's death.
Of course her daddy had a strange career as well. As her predecessor in the State Legislature in March 1969 he introduced a controversial bill that would have made dealing heroin a capital crime carrying the death penalty, and in 1976 Reinstein was indicted for bribery and perjury after a yearlong investigation into alleged kickbacks during the construction of Revere High School. He got off with a mistrial when the key witness died before testifying.
I mean, if Ms. Reinstein was really serious about honoring a sandwich with that title, they could have found me very supportive if she had chosen the Fried Clam Roll instead.
Wait, they also voted...
Hey, but they also found time today to vote on an issue about the West Barnstable Library.
Below is a look at everything which occupied the legislature today:
SICK LEAVE: The House enacted H 3981 establishing a sick leave bank for Carmen Mahone, an employee of the Trial Court
SICK LEAVE: The House enacted S 2087 establishing a sick leave bank for Maria Elaskar-Stack, an employee of the Department of Children and Families.
WEST BARSTABLE LIBRARY: The House enacted H 3648 authorizing the West Barnstable Fire District to fund library services for the Whelden Memorial Library.
RECESS: The House recessed at 11:18 a.m. with plans to return at noon.
RETURN: The House returned at 12:08 p.m. with Rep. Donato presiding. Reps. Kafka, Smizik and Peterson were also in the chamber.
MUNICIPALITIES - EXTENSION ORDER: The House concurred with an amended order from the Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government extending until May 2 from April 16 the deadline for the committee to report on certain bills.
LABOR COMMITTEE - EXTENSION ORDER: The House concurred with an amended order extending until May 1 instead of July 31 the deadline for the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development to report on certain bills.
PUBLIC HEALTH - EXTENSION ORDER: The House concurred with an order extending until May 20 the deadline for the Committee on Public Health to report on certain bills.
PUBLIC HEALTH- EXTENSION ORDER: The House concurred with an order extending the deadline until May 20 for the Committee on Public Health to report on S 1031 establishing the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana program.
PETITION: The House referred to the Committee on Transportation a Sen. Brewer and Rep. Smola petition relative to the preservation and commemoration of historic roadways.
PETITION: The House referred to the Committee on Judiciary a petition establishing a sick leave bank for an employee of the Trial Court.
HOLIDAY RETAIL: The House ordered to a third reading H 1663 to allow certain store and shops to open on holidays.
FLUFFERNUTTER: The House ordered to a third reading H 2868 designating the fluffernutter as the official sandwich of the Commonwealth.
BIZ CORPORATION ACT: The House order to a third reading H 2878 making amendments to the Massachusetts Business Corporation Act.
PLUMBING FIXTURES: The House ordered to a third reading H 4007 relative to environmental performance standards for plumbing fixtures.
REGIONAL SCHOOL TRANSIT: The House ordered to a third reading H 4019 relative to the regional school transportation reimbursement fund.
LIBRARIES - RECOMMITAL: The House approved a motion by Rep. Kaufman to recommit to the Committee on Revenue H 3943 in aid of libraries.
WORKERS' COMP AUDITS: Rep. Peterson moved for reconsideration of H 1771 providing incentives for productive workers compensation audits. The motion was approved and the bill was placed in the orders of the day for the next sitting.
WORTHINGTON SCHOOLS: The House concurred with the Senate amendment to H 3815 substituting for the bill new text S 2110 relative to the withdrawal of the town of Worthington from the Gateway Regional School District.
SICK LEAVE: The House engrossed S 1968 establishing a sick leave bank for Alexander Rodriguez, an employee of the Trial Court.
ADULT FOSTER CARE: The House rejected H 3426 relative to adult foster care. Rep. Speliotis moved for reconsideration. Reconsideration failed.
ESSEX AGGIE: The House adopted a Rep. Speliotis amendment to H 3959 relative to the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District.