AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers are delaying a debate on a bill to make whoopie pies the state treat.

The House of Representatives briefly took up the bill today, but set it aside for debate that would be Thursday at the earliest.

The bill has mixed support from the State and Local Government Committee. Nine members favor the bill the make whoopie pies, which are made throughout Maine, the state treat, rather than state dessert as initially proposed.

Four members want to kill the bill.

The vote comes up as Maine and Pennsylvania each try to snap up credit for the chocolate cakes stuffed with creamy white frosting.

Whoopie pie lovers in Pennsylvania call Maine’s actions to claim credit “confectionary larceny.”