May 26, 2004

The Honorable Michael E. Busch
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 393 - Alcoholic Beverages - Winery Special Event and Charity Wine Auction Permits.

This bill alters the frequency for issuing winery special events permits from one per year to three per year, and repeals a permit requirement that the event be organized and conducted by a nonprofit organization or government entity. It also alters the fee for charity wine auction permits.

Senate Bill 27, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on April 27, 2004, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 393.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.