May 16, 2002

The Honorable Casper R. Taylor, Jr.
Speaker of the House
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed House Bill 180 - Criminal Procedure - Interception of Oral Communications by Law Enforcement Officers - Criminal Investigations.

This bill expands current law to allow a law enforcement officer to intercept an oral communication if the officer lawfully detains a vehicle during a criminal investigation. The officer must also meet certain requirements.

Senate Bill 20, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 180.

Parris N. Glendening