The Honorable Casper R. Taylor, Jr.
Speaker of the House
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed House Bill 979.

This bill provides that the chair of the Maryland Racing Commission will nominate one member to represent each harness racing licensee on the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund Advisory Committee. In addition, the bill eliminates the five-member requirement for the committee and allows the number of committee members to vary in accordance with the number of harness racing licensee members.

Senate Bill 446, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 27, 1999, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 979.

Parris N. Glendening