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 262 - Kent County - Alcoholic Beverages - Issuance of License.

This bill increases the amount of time that the Board of License Commissioners of Kent County must wait before it can issue a license to a premises that has previously had a license application refused to one year. If a subsequent application is refused, regardless of how much time has elapsed since the first refusal, the board must then wait two years from the subsequent refusal date before it may issue a license to the premises. The waiting periods do not apply to applications that are rejected because of a legal defect or an omission, refused solely because the wrong person is named on the application, or for license transfers.

Senate Bill 280, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 11, 2000, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 262.

Parris N. Glendening