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 202 - "Smart Growth" and Neighborhood Conservation - Community Legacy Program.

This bill establishes a Community Legacy Program within the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide financial assistance to "sponsors" or their designees for the development of "community legacy plans" or "community legacy projects." The bill also establishes a five-member Community Legacy Board to administer the program and an 11-member advisory committee to the board to make recommendations concerning community legacy areas, plans and projects. In addition, the bill establishes a Community Legacy Financial Assistance Fund as a continuing, nonlapsing fund to provide financial assistance for the program.

House Bill 301, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 202.

Parris N. Glendening