It looks like most state representatives are lactose intolerant.
And that isn’t necessarily a digestive condition.
On a 31-26 margin the state House on Monday rejected a proposal to declare milk the “official beverage” of the state. They rejected the proposal of freshman Rep. Frank Pratt, R-Casa Grande, who sought to have the declaration as part of the 50th anniversary of the United Dairymen of Arizona cooperative.
Rep. Barbara McGuire, D-Kearny, said Pratt’s sentiments, while well-intentioned, were off base.
“I can’t think of anything more precious or more preferential than water in this state,” she said.
Anyway, McGuire said she has a lactose intolerance to certain dairy products, particularly those from cows. “I raised my kids on goats’ milk for that reason,” she said.
Rep. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, also confessed to his own problems digesting milk.
Others, like Rep. Jerry Weiers, R-Glendale, had their own problems with the designation.
“Had I had my choice on this particular bill, the official drink would have been Diet Coke,” he said. “But that didn’t happen.”
And Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, had his own suggestion.
“I think a more reasonable state beverage would be Dr. Pepper because, like the Legislature, it is so misunderstood,” he said. That reference to an old advertising campaign by the soda manufacturer elicited audible groans from his colleagues.
Rep. Olivia Cajero Bedford, D-Tucson, said she is getting calls from constituents pointing out the state’s budget deficit while asking “what about the insanity of the bills that are being introduced this year?”
“To me, it’s another embarrassing bill that this Legislature has brought forth,” she said.
Pratt said he doubts he will try to resurrect the measure this session.