SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island town is lifting a Depression-era law that requires a permit for anyone gathering worms.
Smithtown officials say the law was enacted in the 1930s to prevent out-of-towners from digging in the community’s rich soil for sandworms or bloodworms used a fish bait. The law also requires diggers to disclose exactly where the worms will be hunted.
The town clerk tells Newsday a handful of people still seek the annual permits, which cost 50 cents, mostly out of tradition. But the requirement has become somewhat of a nuisance for the clerk’s office, so town officials are planning to scrap it.
A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20.
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