In an efficient move, the South Carolina General Assembly sponsored and adopted three official state symbols with one bill; Senate Bill No. 735.
Milk was adopted as the official beverage of the state for the following reasons as offered by the General Assembly in 1984:
The following information was excerpted from the The South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 1, Chapter , Article 9, section 1-1-690.
Title 1 - Administration of the Government
CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 9. STATE EMBLEMS, PLEDGE TO STATE FLAG, OFFICIAL OBSERVANCES
SECTION 1-1-690. Official State beverage.
Milk is the official state beverage.
State of South Carolina. South Carolina Code of Laws. Columbia: State of South Carolina, 2011. Web. 20 May 2011. <http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/statmast.htm>.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
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