May 26, 2004

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 13 - Department of Natural Resources - Finfishin - Closure of State Waters.

This bill authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to close an area of State waters to all finfishing if the Department satisfies specified requirements; requires the Department to publicize specified information regarding public hearings in specified ways and to make a specified report available at a specified time; and requires the Department to prepare a specified report at specified times.

House Bill 202, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 26, 2004, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 13.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.