The Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
President of the Senate
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. President:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed Senate Bill 288.

This bill provides that the measure of damages for tortious injuries to or death of a pet is the market value of the pet before the injury or death or the reasonable cost of veterinary care, but not more than $5,000 if such charge is greater.

House Bill 214, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 13, 1999, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 288.

Parris N. Glendening