May 16, 2002

The Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
President of the Senate
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. President:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed Senate Bill 247 - Atlantic Coastal Bays Protection Act.

This bill expands the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Law to include the "Atlantic Coastal Bays" and their tributaries. On or before September 29, 2003, the bill requires local critical area programs to be in effect throughout the Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area.

House Bill 301, 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 247.

Parris N. Glendening