March 25, 2019
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Maine House enacts whoopie pie, blueberry pie bill

As brother Ryan, 6, lower right, looks on, Natalie Grondin, 9, of Falmouth, Maine, facing center, is one of the first to get a taste of the 1000-plus pound Whoopie Pie that was put together at the Maine Mall in South Portland, Maine, Saturday, March 26, 2011. On Tuesday, the House passed a bill making the whoopie pie the state's official treat.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill to make whoopie pies Maine’s official state treat — along with an equally tasty amendment paying homage to blueberry pie — is close to final enactment.  

The House of Representatives on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that makes whoopie pies the state treat, not the official state dessert as initially proposed. As amended the bill designates blueberry pie — made with wild Maine blueberries — as the official state dessert. It still faces a final Senate vote before going to Gov. Paul LePage.  

The bill surfaced as Maine and Pennsylvania each try to snap up credit for the chocolate cakes stuffed with creamy white frosting.  

The bill has generated criticism from some who say the Legislature should concern itself with more serious issues.  

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