NAY — It’s never a good sign for the fate of a bill when a majority of the affected county’s delegation votes against giving it initial support.

But that’s what has happened with Democratic Del. Ken Kerr’s proposal to add a Class L liquor license to Frederick County’s books.

As we reported last week, Kerr’s proposal is similar to a law passed in Allegany County last year that allows breweries, distilleries and wineries with event spaces or tasting rooms to sell not only products made on-site but also samples of craft beverages from other companies and businesses in Maryland.

Doesn’t seem unreasonable. Based on what we know about how it works in Allegany County, we’re not seeing any issues with the bill. Unfortunately, six of the county’s eight lawmakers are not on board.

Democratic Sen. Ron Young expressed concern that the change would turn these niche establishments into bars. We do not share those concerns.

All in all, we are disappointed that we seem to be in the minority with our support for Kerr’s proposal, at least among the decision-makers. We hope this shakes out differently as the session advances, but as we said, it’s not starting out well.

YEA

Wasted food, some might say, is wasted opportunity — a wasted opportunity to help someone who’s hungry. At Lincoln Elementary School in Frederick, they’re taking that idea to heart.

The school, in partnership with Farm to School and the Frederick Rescue Mission, is saving unopened milks, fruit cups, snacks, unpeeled bananas and uneaten apples that might normally be discarded in order to help others. Student volunteers inspect the food and then place the items in a cooler. After lunch periods, someone from the Rescue Mission picks up the items to be included in the free hot breakfast the mission serves the next morning.

The Lincoln Elementary program is not only a wonderful idea but it’s a great way to teach students to share and to be more aware that their small donations can make a big difference in the lives of others.

We hope other schools see what’s going on and find a way to help, too.

YEA

When President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird was there. We have to say, that must have been pretty cool.

Say what you want about the political divide in D.C., but it must have been exciting beyond belief for Kinnaird, a Republican, to be there. He got to go in a rare glimpse of bipartisanship thanks to an invitation from Congressman Jamie Raskin, a Democrat.

“I was in the Capitol as a kid at school, but to actually be in the Capitol building when something like that is going on and to be there, and be part of history just is an amazing opportunity for me,” Kinnaird told our reporter earlier this week.

We’re sure Kinnaird will have plenty of great stories to tell from being there. We’re glad he got the chance.

YEA —

The Maryland Association of Student Councils will converge on Frederick High School today for its legislative session.

Part of the legislative session will include a vote to narrow the field to two finalists for a seat on the Maryland State Board of Education. Gov. Thomas Johnson High and Frederick County student board member Malachi Macon is one of the four finalists.

It would be welcome to see a Frederick County student member on the statewide board, especially as our county has rarely had representation on the board, be it student or otherwise.

And by the way, it’s about time we get these local student board members some voting rights. But we’ll save that argument for another day.

Yeas and nays is a weekly feature of quick-hit opinions from The Frederick News-Post’s editorial board. Send your suggestions to letters@newspost.com.

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