Last session, the General Assembly, at the request of the Department of Natural Resources, unanimously agreed to expand the Sport Fisheries and Tidal Fisheries advisory commissions from 12 to 15 members.
This despite the fact that the DNR can barely scrape up a dozen people to serve in a largely thankless and almost completely meaningless advisory role and to be cooped up in a meeting room unfit for carrying on the public's business.
The bill's fiscal note says: "DNR advises that an expanded membership will strengthen the commission's ability to reflect the increasing variety of constituents and interests involved in recreational fisheries management. The bill is largely a result of recommendations from the two affected advisory commissions."
It's been almost eight months since the end of the session. If this were a human pregnancy, we'd be almost to the point of the midnight dash to the hospital.
Why does the O'Malley administration treat every appointment like it's the College of Cardinals picking a new pope?
Last year's list of SFAC and TFAC nominees out of the governor's office included race and gender in addition to the individual's club or business affiliation. All the Sport Fisheries members and all but one of the Tidal Fisheries members were men, so it's not like anyone conducted an exhaustive statewide search.
So what's the hold up? The General Assembly will be meeting in another few weeks. Hard to believe 188 lawmakers can move faster than the administration.
Either we need these new folks or we don't. It's time to fish or cut bait.