An ice cream law? Bill would make it official

A bill filed Tuesday in the state House would make ice cream the “Official Frozen Treat” of North Carolina.

Introduced by Rep. John Torbett of Gastonia, the bill aims to help support North Carolina’s dairy farmers. And, as the bill says, North Carolina doesn’t currently have an official frozen treat. So why not?

Here’s the full text of the proposed legislation:

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

2 AN ACT TO ADOPT ICE CREAM AS THE OFFICIAL STATE FROZEN TREAT.

3 Whereas, the month of July is celebrated as National Ice Cream Month and the third

4 Sunday in July is celebrated as National Ice Cream Day; and

5 Whereas, ice cream is consumed by approximately 90% of the population in the

6 United States; and

7 Whereas, according to recent data, ice cream contributes about $39 billion to the

8 United States’ economy and produces almost 188,000 jobs; and

9 Whereas, ice cream can be combined with other foods such as fruit and sauces to

10 create a variety of other treats; and

11 Whereas, ice cream is important to the North Carolina dairy industry and is locally

12 produced all across the State by dairy farmers, creameries, family-owned businesses, and North

13 Carolina State University; and

14 Whereas, North Carolina does not have an official frozen treat; Now, therefore,

15 The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

16 SECTION 1. Chapter 145 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new

17 section to read:

18 “ยง 145-52. State frozen treat.

19 Ice cream is adopted as the official frozen treat of the State of North Carolina.”

20 SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law.

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