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 197 - Electronic Government Initiative.

This bill requires all units of the executive branch, with the exception of public institutions of higher education, to have: 50% of their public information and services available over the Internet by 2002; 65% by 2003; and 80% by 2004.

House Bill 274, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on April 25, 2000, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 197.

Parris N. Glendening