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One Time, Presidential Candidate Scott Walker Tried to Legally Define 'Sandwich' and 'Meal'

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Walker's bill did not pass.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced his candidacy for the presidency on Monday, officially entering the race for the highest office in the land. If he were to win, Walker would no doubt face incredible challenges, but as a state legislator in 1998, he was taking on the really tough issues.

Walker, along with several other co-authors, wrote a bill that, for taxation purposes, attempted to legally define "sandwich" and "meal" in the Badger State. Alas, the bill did not pass. If it had, "meal" and "sandwich" would have been defined as follows:

1. "Meal" includes, but is not limited to, a diversified selection of food, food products or beverages that are customarily consumed as a breakfast, lunch or dinner, that may not easily be consumed without an article of tableware and that may not conveniently be consumed while standing or walking; except that "meal" does not include frozen items that are sold to a consumer, items that are customarily heated or cooked after the retail sale and before they are consumed or a diversified selection of food, food products and beverages that is packaged together by a person other than the retailer before the sale to the consumer.

2. "Sandwich" means food that consists of a filling; such as meat, cheese or a savory mixture; that is placed on a slice, or between 2 slices; of a variety of bread or something that takes the place of bread; such as a roll, croissant or bagel. "Sandwich" includes, but is not limited to, pita sandwiches, gyros and pocket sandwiches. "Sandwich" does not include burritos, tacos, enchiladas, chimichangas, hors d'oeuvres, canapes, egg rolls, cookies, cakes, pies and similar desserts and pastries and food that is sold frozen.

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