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 258 - Pensions - Service Retirement Benefits for Governors and Surviving Spouses.

This bill increases the annual retirement allowance for Governors who have served at least one full term of office and changes the calculation of future cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for these former Governors.

Senate Bill 202, 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 258.

Parris N. Glendening