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 566 - Forest, Park, and Wildlife Rangers - Jurisdiction - Pilot Program. This bill establishes a two-year pilot program expanding the jurisdiction of forest, park, and wildlife rangers in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties. The expanded jurisdiction includes all roadways traveled by a uniformed ranger in a marked vehicle during work hours when the ranger is traveling from one property owned by the State and managed by the Department of Natural Resources to another, or to and from court on official business. Senate Bill 247, 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 566. Sincerely,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.