Bill allowing school bake sales sent to Snyder’s desk

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Brownies, doughnuts and other sweets could be part of school bake sales again under legislation headed to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.

The bill was approved 33-3 by the Senate Tuesday.

It would allow a minimum of two fundraising activities each week that don’t meet federal nutrition guidelines. The state Education Department currently allows no exceptions for bake sales not in compliance with the federal guidelines.

One Democrat who criticized the legislation says too many schoolchildren are obese and don’t need to be exposed to unhealthy food. The Republican sponsor of the bill counters that school districts should be able to make decisions about what’s sold at bake sales, not the federal government.

The federal nutrition guidelines are part of a larger government effort championed by first lady Michelle Obama.

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