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 484 - Drug Dealer Liability Act.

This bill provides that a person who is convicted of knowingly and willfully manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, bringing into or transporting a controlled dangerous substance in the State is liable for damages in a civil action for the death of an individual caused by the individual's use of a controlled dangerous substance. The bill specifies who may bring such an action and the types of damages that may be recovered from a defendant.

House Bill 178, 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 484.

Parris N. Glendening