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 547 - Task Force on the Marketing of Grain and Other Agricultural Products.

This bill establishes a 17-member Task Force on the Marketing of Grain and other Agricultural Products. The Task Force must evaluate options and develop strategies for the marketing of grain (particularly soybeans) and other products, including an analysis of the feasibility of reestablishing a grain export facility at the Port of Baltimore and establishing new transport options from alternative locations in Central Maryland.

Senate Bill 367, 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 547.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.