- Jul 23, 2007
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- The good ole USA
The West Virginia Legislature continues to be a marvel of bureaucratic bullying. Lawmakers plan to make possession of Sudafed without a prescription a felony worth up to 10 years in prison. Now Democratic Delegate Ralph Rodighiero of Logan County wants to regulate Christmas cookies at school — along with Halloween candy and peeps at Easter.
Delegate Rodighiero introduced House Bill 2191 without co-sponsors. It would restrict “parents or the school to serve sweets during the holidays if the school receives parental or guardian consent.”
The equivalent of a prescription.
You used to need permission slips only for a field trip. Now you need them to eat a candy cane at school. It really has come to this.
Efforts in other states to ban treats at school parties in the name of nutrition are under way. There was this nonsense in Massachusetts last December as reported by CBS:
WESTFORD (CBS) – Westford school officials are getting tough on classroom holiday parties. They’re banning sugary snacks and sweetened beverages from the celebrations this year. Students are being told to leave the Christmas cookies, cakes, candy bars, and soda at home and to bring fruits, unsweetened juices, popcorn and raisins instead. Superintendent Everett Olsen says the ban on holiday sweets has nothing to do with being politically correct, rather, his motive is simply promoting a healthy lifestyle.
“We aren’t trying to take the Christmas out of Christmas. We’re not trying to take the enjoyment out of children’s lives. We’re just trying to act responsible,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mike Macklin.
That is just one example of the power-tripping by school officials in the name of nutrition.
But if this nonsense passes, West Virginia would be the first state to make restrictions on candy canes a law.
Here is Delegate Rodighiero’s bill:
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-2-6b, relating to allowing parents or the school to serve sweets during the holidays if the school receives parental or guardian consent.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-2-6b, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
§18-2-6b. Sale of sweets during holidays only; parental consent.
Parents or the school may serve sweets during the holidays, including but not limited to, cakes, pies, chips, candy or other types of sweets: Provided, That the school sends permission slips to the parent or guardian a week in advance and receives parental or guardian consent from one parent or guardian prior to serving the sweets. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit or limit sale or distribution of any food item through fund-raising activities of students, teachers or educational groups when the items are intended for sale off the school grounds.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow parents or the school to serve sweets during the holidays if the school receives parental or guardian consent.
This section is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.
The bill has no name. I am open to suggestions from readers.
It also has no co-sponsors, which gives me some hope for the sanity of this state. The proposal carries no penalty if a child eats an unauthorized treat. How about 2 to 10 years, like the proposed penalty for possession of Sudafed without a prescription?
I tease. Please, don’t take that as a suggestion.
Big Brother strikes again