Maryland State Seal
The Great Seal is used to authenticate acts of the General Assembly and in other official purposes. The Secretary of State is its designated custodian. The biblical Latin phrase encircling it, "Scuto bonæ voluntatis tuæ coronasti nos," translates to "With favor wilt thou compass us as with a shield." The seal also includes the family crest of the Calverts, who founded Maryland; the year the state's charter was granted by Charles I of England (1632) and the state motto: "Fatti maschi, parole femmine," an Italian phrase that translates to "Manly deeds, womanly words." In recent years, the motto has been re-translated to the somewhat less stereotypical "Strong deeds, gentle words." (Handout /January 8, 2009)
The soft-shell crab sandwich could be the State sandwich of Maryland. Senate Bill 26
(HB 13) will be introduced and have its first reading on January 9. If the bill passes, the soft-shell crab sandwich would become the State sandwich of Maryland, effective Oct. 1, 2013.
The bill is being introduced in the Senate by Richard F. Colburn, an Eastern Shore Republican who represents portions of Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Wicomico counties.
The Cambridge resident acknowledged that the crab cake sandwich might have been a more obvious choice. "The soft-crab is more unique to Maryland," Colburn said. "This would actually help the seafood industry."
"There's also a better chance that the soft-crab you're eating is from Maryland. Crab cakes can be made with crab meat from Thailand," Colburn said. "And it's the only sandwich you eat with legs sticking out of it."
It might seem like the General Assembly is making something the 'State something' every second, but it was back in 2008 that Smith Island Cake and walking became the State dessert and exercise, respectively.
Colburn said the bill appears to have good support from leadership, who don't like the appearance of frivolousness. Neither does he. "I voted against making the calico cat Maryland's State cat. (It passed anyway.) "My wife didn't talk to me for a week," Colburn said.
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