JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Sliced Bread Day bill, sponsored by Rep. Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe), has advanced in the Senate and is scheduled for a public hearing later today.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Sliced Bread Day bill, sponsored by Rep. Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe), has advanced in the Senate and is scheduled for a public hearing later today. Black is scheduled to present the bill to the Senate Committee on General Laws at noon. If the proposal is voted out of committee, the measure will advance to the Rules Committee and then to the Senate floor for consideration. Black’s bill would declare July 7th as Missouri Sliced Bread Day, signifying the introduction of commercially-sliced bread to the world. That event took place July 7, 1928, at Frank Bench’s Chillicothe Baking Company in Chillicothe, Mo. “In 1928, the first automatic bread-slicing machine was first used in the great town of Chillicothe, in the greater state of Missouri,” Black said in his remarks to the House of Representatives. “Missouri: The Home of sliced bread.” Black filed the bill late last year. In mid-February, he presented the bill on the Missouri House floor. The bill received resounding approval from House members, with a vote of 128-16.