By Bob Katzen

The Senate approved a House-approved bill designating March as Massachusetts Maple Month in recognition of the vital role maple sugaring plays in the agriculture industry, our culture, heritage and economy. The measure “commends the maple syrup producers that create a natural native sweetener and a versatile ingredient that adds unique flavor enhancing qualities to many dishes.”

The original version of the bill, filed by Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington), included a section that designated pure Massachusetts maple syrup as the state’s official sweetener.

The House dropped it from the bill via an amendment by Rep. Ted Speliotis (D-Danvers) whose committee reported the bill out to the House for action. “I personally don’t know enough about the sweetener industry to know if maple is the best sweetener,” Speliotis told the State House News Service. The bill needs final House and Senate approval before being sent to Gov. Baker.

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