May 22, 2003

The Honorable Michael E. Busch
Speaker of the House
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, today I have vetoed House Bill 6 - Alcohol- or Drug-Related Offenses - Prohibition on Driving (John's Law).

This bill prohibits a person who is arrested for specified alcohol- or drug-related driving offenses from driving a motor vehicle within 12 hours after arrest. The bill provides for an assessment of points against an individual and criminal penalties for a violation.

Senate Bill 383, 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 6.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.