Lemonade gets second chance at state drink
By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star
With a final squeeze, the state Senate on Monday gave final approval to legislation declaring lemonade the official state drink despite objections that the action sends the wrong message to teens who want to affect state policy.
Proponents of HB 2692 pointed out that the measure was crafted by a Gilbert high school student who complained that Arizona lacks an official beverage. So he took his case to House Majority Leader Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, who agreed to be the bill’s champion.
With that backing plus testimony from Garrett Glover, the Gilbert teen, the measure is now headed to Gov. Doug Ducey.
But Sen. Juan Mendez, D-Tempe, said that’s precisely why lawmakers should not go along.
“This is the most ridiculous standard to be used as an example of civic education,” he said.