According to an opinion item running in today’s Gazette, the scrap metal bill deserves close examination as it works its way through the General Assembly. This article provides an interesting perspective of the discussion on this bill over the past three years, the provisions that have been included, and those that have not.
Much of what happens during a General Assembly session gets little or no attention from either the public or the media. Take for example a bill, now back for its third try, that would attempt to monitor and regulate the sale of scrap metal. For most people, scrap metal doesn’t sound like a very exciting topic, but in the shadows in which so much plays out in Annapolis, it’s attracted a number of high-priced lobbyists, some very unusual end-of-the-session drama, and advocates for the bill scratching their heads and wondering what happened.