Senator Charles Schumer has proposed a maple syrup protection amendment to the Senate agricultural bill.
According to the Hill, the Democrat from New York wants to enable the Secretary of Agriculture to grant money to states to encourage maple syrup production, research and education. The Secretary can also dole out land for “maple sugaring” activities.
Oddly enough, this is not Schumer’s first attempt at maple syrup legislation. Late in 2011, Schumer and 5 other Senators, including his democratic colleague from New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, succeeded in passing MAPLE, or the Maple Agricultural Protection and Law Enforcement, act. This act made selling fake syrup a felony punishable by 5 years in prison.