Official “state walking stick” bill stumbles in committee
An Annapolis Dispatch from the Baltimore Sun's Gadi Dechter:
An effort by Del. Frank M. Conaway Jr., a Baltimore Democrat, to make the “shillelagh” the official Maryland “walking stick of statesmen and gentlemen,” is dead.
The Health and Government Operations Committee voted it down on Tuesday.
Here’s a backgrounder on the shillelagh from the Department of Legislative Services:
“A shillelagh is a wooden club typically made from a stout knotty stick with a large knob on the end that is associated with Ireland and Irish folklore. Shillelaghs are traditionally made from blackthorn wood or oak. The wood is smeared with butter and placed up a chimney to cure, giving them a black shiny appearance. Shillelaghs are commonly the length of a walking stick.”
Still to come, for those of you keeping up with this year’s fights over state symbols: the fate of state song “Maryland, My Maryland.” The ditty is under mounting pressure of rewriting or replacement by the legislature this year on account of its disparaging reference to “Northern scum.”