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 578 - Maryland Household Goods Movers Act.

This bill prohibits a household goods mover from enforcing or threatening to enforce a carrier's lien against, or refusing to deliver, a consumer's household goods when providing household goods moving services for a move within the State. A violation of the Maryland Household Goods Movers Act is an unfair and deceptive trade practice under the Maryland Consumer Protection Act.

House Bill 794, 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 578.

Parris N. Glendening