State veggie: Onion or sweet corn?

By Lombardo David
Friday, April 13, 2012

The battle of the state vegetable rages on!

On Wednesday, the Assembly Government Operations Committee will consider a bill that designates sweet corn as the state's official vegetable.

The Senate version of this bill passed its chamber last year, but the Assembly bill never moved, until now. The Senate bill is again posed for passage, as it advanced to third reading in February.

As this historic progress is being made, legislation advancing the cause of the onion, has failed to go anywhere in either chamber.

Here are some other committee meetings of note for Wednesday:

- The Assembly Government Operations Committee will consider legislation that will cut member's pay and the length of the session in half.

- The Senate Transportation Committee will consider a bill from State Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, that makes all handicapped accessible parking spaces at least eight feet wide.

- The mixed martial arts bill in the Senate will come to the Senate Finance Committee. The bill passed the Senate last year and is likely to pass again, with the opposition remaining in the Assembly, led by Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Colonie.

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