Sounds silly, and it is.
Dean Trippe has written the senator a letter explaining a bit about comics' and literacy's connections. (See link embedded in this post's title, which also reprints the mailer, hilariously featuring one child reading not a comic, but Previews. That reader is obviously reconsidering her pull list).
What's worse, Maryland is the home of the Maryland Comic Book Initiative, one of the highest-profile, public integrations of comics into public schools ever.
What's that the kids say about trying so hard you actually miss the forest for the trees? Oh yeah, "EPIC FAIL."
Of course, if the general public is still oblivious to the advantages of comics in the classroom, or at least in the hands of children, I guess it doesn't really matter:
If a kid in a forest reads a comic and learns a new word, and there's no one around to hear him learn, does anyone give a damn?