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 232 - Correctional Services - Inmates - Indecent Exposure.

This bill prohibits an inmate from lewdly, lasciviously and indecently exposing private parts of the inmate's body in the presence of a correctional officer or authorized personnel with the intent to annoy, abuse, torment, harass or embarrass that person. Violators are guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to maximum penalties of a fine of $1,000 and/or imprisonment for three years. The bill also provides that words and phrases that describe the common-law crime of indecent exposure retain their judicially determined meaning unless otherwise indicated.

Senate Bill 429, 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 232.

Parris N. Glendening