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 660 - Criminal Law - Housing Assistance - Fraud.

This bill makes it a misdemeanor to knowingly make a false statement of material fact to influence a housing agency regarding an application for certain housing assistance. A violator is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or imprisonment not exceeding three years, or both.

House Bill 1080, 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 660.

Parris N. Glendening