(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.