May 16, 2002
The Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
President of the Senate
Annapolis MD 21401
Dear Mr. President:
In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed Senate Bill 235 - Governor's Emergency Powers.
This emergency Administration bill enables the Governor to immediately assume emergency powers in the event of a threat or occurrence of any enemy attack, act of terrorism or public health catastrophe. State and local law enforcement officers and health officers must execute and enforce orders, rules and regulations made by the Governor in response to these emergency situations. The Governor's ability to delegate emergency management powers is expanded. The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene is granted additional authority to take actions to prevent diseases that endanger public health.
House Bill 303, 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 235.
Parris N. Glendening