Cable guy crackdown among bills on ‘Not Top 5’ list

Sen. Nancy J. King, one of the sponsors for the wheeled cart bill, said she lives in a community that has several grocery stores that have to deal with missing carts.

“People go and shop, then push the carts home. They leave them out in the community rather than return them to the store,” said Ms. King, Montgomery Democrat.

A new cart costs about $250, Ms. King said, so stores are faced with either spending the money to buy replacement carts or paying for some way to collect the carts.

Ms. King called Ms. Szeliga’s list “ridiculous” but acknowledged that she probably wouldn’t have put up the bill had she not gotten so many complaints from homeowners associations.

Of the five bills on her list, Ms. Szeliga said one of the most entertaining reads is the analysis for the crab sandwich legislation, which goes into detail about the makings of the sandwich, including “maybe a squirt of lemon, Old Bay seasoning or some tartar sauce.”

The bill’s sponsor, Delegate Rudolph C. Cane, Wicomico Democrat, explained that the legislation would give the local economy a boost.

“We put in a bill a couple years ago for the state cake [the Smith Island cake],” Mr. Cane said. “It’s improved the economy in Smith Island and the Chesapeake.”

“We’re hoping this brings in something for the waterman, so they have an economic boost,” he added. “It’s not a food thing, but to be helpful to the watermen.”

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