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 89 - Higher Education - Community Colleges - State Funding.

This bill repeals the sunset date for the unrestricted State grants provided to seven small local community colleges. The bill increases the total amount of the unrestricted State grants from $2 million in fiscal 2002 to $2.5 million in fiscal 2003. The Maryland Higher Education Commission must periodically review the unrestricted grants provided to the local community colleges.

House Bill 311, 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 Senate Bill 89.

Parris N. Glendening