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 685 - Nuisance Control - Authority to Investigate and File a Complaint - Penalties for Violations.

This bill redefines nuisance and authorizes a local health officer to perform duties related to nuisances formerly reserved to the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene. The bill also increases the fines related to nuisances and the amount of money that may be spent to abate a nuisance.

Senate Bill 672, 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 685.

Parris N. Glendening