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Published February 18, 2010, 09:39 AM

Sassafras soil could become official Md. soil

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland has a state dessert (Smith Island Cake), a state bird (Baltimore oriole) and a state exercise (walking), but residents could gain a state soil under legislation proposed by one state lawmaker.

By: Associated Press,

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland has a state dessert (Smith Island Cake), a state bird (Baltimore oriole) and a state exercise (walking), but residents could gain a state soil under legislation proposed by one state lawmaker.

Delegate Paul Stull, R-Frederick, is backing a bill to make “sassafras sandy loam” the state’s official soil. A House Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has already designated sassafras as Maryland’s state soil, but state lawmakers have never given their blessing to the idea. State legislators in 19 other states have voted to enact an official state soil.

Maryland has 24 official state symbols, including its state flag.

On the Net:

Read House Bill 296: http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/fnotes/bil(underscore)0006/hb0296 pdf

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