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The state legislature should not regulate women's lacrosse

State Dels. Jon Cardin and Dana Stein recently introduced legislation that would mandate helmets for female lacrosse players in Maryland (House Bill 1123). The bill was supposedly introduced "mostly to get the conversation started," in the words of Mr. Cardin's spokesperson, as there was apparently no real conversation with any constituent groups prior to introduction ("Headgear bill criticized" Feb 14).

I understand that the bill has been substantially revised as a result of constituent criticism. It should be withdrawn. This is not an issue for government regulation. US lacrosse is the appropriate body to address this issue. US Lacrosse closely monitors and advocates for player safety — goggles are now required in women's lacrosse. Refs call the women's game very closely — too closely in the opinion of many — to avoid injury. Helmets are not the answer, and this issue is not the business of the General Assembly.

This bill is just one example (do we really need a state sandwich? See Senate Bill 26) of the waste of time and energy in our state legislature, not to mention the wasted time and energy of those citizens who wrote letters and made calls to bring attention to this inane bill.

Delegates, how about addressing Maryland's out of control spending and taxing? People of wealth are leaving our state — don't tell me they are not, I know them. With them go tax revenues, spending within the state and jobs. Focus on the real issue — the economic viability of our state — not helmets and sandwiches!

Timmy Ruppersberger, Baltimore

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