SECTION 1. Chapter 2 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:—
Section 64. Pure Massachusetts maple syrup shall be the official sweetener of the commonwealth.
SECTION 2. Chapter 6 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 15BBBBBB, inserted by section 1 of chapter 267 of the acts of 2016, the following section:—
Section 15CCCCCC. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the month of March as Massachusetts Maple Month in recognition of the vital role maple sugaring plays in the agriculture industry, as well as the culture, heritage and economy of the commonwealth. The proclamation shall commend the maple syrup producers that create a natural native sweetener and a versatile ingredient that adds unique flavor enhancing qualities to many dishes and shall recommend that the month be observed in an appropriate manner by the people.
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