May 22, 2003

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, today I have vetoed Senate Bill 365 - Public Safety - Mandatory Supervision - Diminution Credits and Sentences.

This bill broadens the prohibition against awarding previously earned diminution credits to an inmate whose mandatory supervision release is revoked for the commission of a crime while on release by prohibiting the application of any diminution credits that may have previously been earned by the inmate prior to release, regardless of whether the crime was violent or not.

House Bill 706, 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 365.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.