House members have voted to put a hold on a bill that would make collard greens the official state vegetable of South Carolina. Down in the South, people like to dash a little vinegar on them and serve them with a side of corn bread. Collard greens could become the official state vegetable if the House passes a bill that’s already been passed in the Senate.
Senator Jake Knotts sponsored the bill, but in the House this week, legislators voted to put the bill on hold to find out more information. Some House members asked if there were any other vegetables in the running and if vinegar can be the state condiment. Representatives also questioned why collards should represent South Carolina when the state is second in the production of the leafy vegetable.
Though the Senate chamber spent just a few minutes passing the bill- it criticized as a waste of taxpayer time, spurring Majority Leader Harvey Peeler to push through a bill barring recognition of- as he says- any more official state whatevers.