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 92 - Frederick County - Bond Rating Enhancement Reserve and Appropriation.

This bill requires the Board of County Commissioners of Frederick County to establish and maintain a bond rating enhancement reserve, and establish criteria for maintaining the reserve. It authorizes the County Commissioners to increase appropriations and expend the increased appropriations, and requires the County Commissioners to establish, by ordinance, criteria for increasing appropriations and expending the increased appropriations. It also requires the increase to be derived from the reserve or a specified general fund.

House Bill 523, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 11, 2004, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 92.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.