Senate OKs Bill Allowing Sweets Back In School Bake Sales

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan’s Senate has approved legislation that would offer schools the flexibility to raise money by holding bake sales currently banned under federal guidelines.

The Senate voted 36-1 Thursday to approve a bill that would require the state to allow as many as three fundraising activities per week that don’t meet federal nutrition guidelines.

States are allowed to set the number of fundraisers school districts can have that don’t meet those federal guidelines, but the Michigan Department of Education had decided not to allow any.

Advocates of the bill say the federal nutrition guidelines have created a confusing list of what can and can’t be sold during school, and the lack of bake sales has hurt students’ ability to fundraise for extracurricular activities.

The bill now goes to the House.

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