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Missouri Children Scream for Ice Cream

Date: February 13, 2008
By: Erika Navarrete
State Capitol Bureau
Links: sb991

Intro: The Missouri General Assembly faced a new legislative fighting force: a group of St. Louis  children who came up with legislation for the official state dessert.

Erika Navarrete (Navh-ah-rett) has more from Jefferson City.  

OutCue: SOC

19 students involved in a Civics and Leadership Group not only came up with the idea of the ice cream cone as the official state dessert, they also did all the research and preparation required in the legislative process. 

Mike Reid, Chief of Staff for Republican Senator John Loudon, the bill's "official" sponsor, is in favor of the children's work.


Actuality:  REID.WAV
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Description: "When I saw that work I sent an email to John saying 'this looks great' and he agrees; very impressed by the children and, you know, who can say no to ice cream? Everybody loves ice cream."

Reid said because of the children's hard work, the bill was a very easy one to write. 

The kids did prior research, contacted the dairy industry, and gathered a list of endorsements in support of the ice cream cone as Missouri's state dessert.

From the State Capitol, I'm Erika Navarrete.

Intro: St. Louis school children are urging Missouri lawmakers to make the ice cream cone the official state dessert.

Erika Navarrete (Nahv-ah-rett) has more from Jefferson City. 

OutCue: SOC

19 children from the Civics and Leadership group in St. Louis caught Republican Senator John Loudon's attention when they suggested the idea for an official state dessert.

11-year-old Elise Kostial, was at the committee hearing, representing the group of children who came up with the idea.


Actuality:  ELISE.WAV
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Description: "We wanted to make a positive impact on our state and we decided the ice cream cone as the state dessert could be a good thing for our state as I said with the historical value and economic value."

The bill passed in the House during Wednesday's committee hearing and is waiting upon the Senate's decision.

From the State Capitol, I'm Erika Navarrete.

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