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 541 - State Government - Procurement - Conflict of Interests.

This bill provides that each invitation for bids or request for proposals for a contract that will involve the selection of a consultant who is to assist a unit of State government in the formation, award or execution of a contract must require the bidder or offerer to provide an affidavit disclosing any actual or potential conflict of interest of which the bidder or offerer knows or can be reasonably expected to know. The bill requires the Board of Public Works to adopt regulations concerning the disclosure and evaluation of conflicts of interest under the bill.

House Bill 702, 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 541.

Parris N. Glendening