AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House served up notice Wednesday that no matter how you slice it, pecan is the official pie of the Lone Star State.
Lawmakers in the lower chamber adopted the ceremonial resolution sponsored by first-year Rep. Marsha Farney, a Republican from Georgetown, north of Austin. Since it was her first bill, Farney underwent something of a roast by her colleagues after she introducing the measure on the House floor.
One of Farney's colleagues razzed: "Do you have a recipe?" Another wanted to know if she was saying "too bad to the apple pie," which some say is America's official pie.
They also asked for amendments that only Texas pecans be used in pecan pies statewide, and that it formally be declared illegal to include chocolate when baking one.
But in the end, Farney got her just desserts. The House voted to send her pie measure to the Senate where freshman Sen. Charles Schwertner, also of Georgetown, is carrying similar legislation.
In honor of Farney's measure, the state Capitol cafeteria sold pecan pie Wednesday.
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