posted by Zach Patton

Let's put the just-finished Maryland legislative session into perspective:

What Lawmakers Did Not Do: Reach any agreement to limit utility rate increases, meaning a million MD residents are still facing a 72 percent jump in their energy bills, starting this summer.

What Lawmakers Did Do: Pass a law allowing restaurant patrons to take leftover wine from dinner home with them.

I don't mean to beat up on Maryland. There are lots of legislatures spending time and energy on all kinds of frivolous issues. (And yes, I know the wine law supposedly aims to cut down on drunk driving.)

But is it really any wonder that citizens sometimes perceive legislatures as ineffective at dealing with important, substantive lawmaking?