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 998 - Business Regulation - Registration of Service Station Dealers and Sale of Gasoline Products.

This bill extends to October 1, 2004, the conditional prohibition on the State Comptroller from issuing a certificate of registration to any service station dealer who markets motor fuels through retail service stations that have been structurally modified between July 1, 1977, and October 1, 2000. In addition the bill changes the date after which any motor fuel producer, refiner or wholesaler who supplies retail station dealers must extend voluntary allowances uniformly to all dealers to September 30, 2004.

Senate Bill 354, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me today, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 998.

Parris N. Glendening