JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Rep. Rusty Black’s bill to have July 7th declared as Missouri Sliced Bread Day received support Tuesday morning, during its second round of committee hearings.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Rep. Rusty Black’s bill to have July 7th declared as Missouri Sliced Bread Day received support Tuesday morning, during its second round of committee hearings. The Consent and House Procedure Committee heard the bill as presented by Black (R-Chillicothe). The committee voted unanimously in favor of the proposal. The bill now goes back to the speaker’s office to be considered for placement on the calendar for debate on the House floor. Black stated that the proposal still has a long way to go before reaching the governor’s desk but, so far, has been well received. “Things like this make a difference,” Black stated. “This recognition highlights Highway 36 and tourism opportunities provided along this highway. It may be 15 or 20 miles between historic highlights, but there is great, rich history in this part of the world.” The Sliced Bread bill was among several bills heard in committee Tuesday morning. In addressing committee members, Black noted the history found along U.S. Highway 36, including J.C. Penney’s hometown of Hamilton, Congressman Jerry Litton’s hometown of Chillicothe, Gen. John J. Pershing’s hometown of Laclede, Dr. Howard A. Rusk hometown of Brookfield, and Walt Disney’s boyhood home of Marceline. There’s another important one, Black told committee members, “the greatest thing since... sliced bread.” Black provided committee members with a brief history of slice bread’s introduction to the world that took place in Chillicothe on July 7, 1928. Several legislators asked questions and made comments. “Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield) said this is a celebration of innovation, ingenuity and hard work for our entire state,” Black said. Once presented on the House floor, the bill would need to be read again before moving to the Senate’s consent calendar. The Sliced Bread bill’s first hearing took place Wednesday, Jan. 24, and was heard by the Special Committee on Tourism. The committee unanimously voted the measure out of committee as a consent bill. The bill, HB1349, is co-sponsored by Nate Walker (R-Kirksville).