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 420 - Victim's Rights - Transfer to Juvenile Court - Definitions.

This bill corrects a cross reference of the term "victim" under provisions relating to transfer of criminal cases to the juvenile court. The bill also alters the definition of "victim" applicable to these provisions, and applicable to the provisions relating to pretrial procedures, by including family members and guardians of deceased or disabled victims.

House Bill 586, 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 Senate Bill 420.

Parris N. Glendening