Lobbying for lollipops: Fairfield students take sweet idea to state lawmakers
A project put forth by a group of fourth graders from Timothy Dwight School in Fairfield has made its way to the state Capitol.
They are lobbying for lollipops to become Connecticut’s official state candy. Wednesday, the bill cleared the legislature’s Government Elections and Administration Committee.
"It sprung out of learning about the General Assembly, state government here in Connecticut and how a bill comes from an idea,” says teacher Joan Robb.
Last week, students testified for their bill.
"Lollipops were invented in Connecticut. We are one of the only states without an official state food, and everyone likes a lollipop,” student Jacqueline Glick said Friday to lawmakers.
"Maybe it's not everybody's favorite candy, but nobody hates it,” said student Amelia Neubauer.
The bill now heads to the Connecticut House of Representatives, where the clock is ticking for passage.
Whatever its fate – the students got a grown-up lesson in politics.
Several years ago, Robb attempted to get Pez – also invented in Connecticut – to be the official state candy, but lawmakers didn’t want to endorse a brand name.