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 393 - Sediment Control, Stormwater Management, and Wetlands Programs - Violations - Criminal and Civil Penalties.

This bill expands existing criminal and civil penalty provisions related to violations of specified sediment erosion and control, stormwater management, and wetlands and riparian rights provisions administered by the Maryland Department of the Environment. For violations of specified sediment control and stormwater management provisions, the bill also authorizes courts to order restoration of areas unlawfully disturbed.

House Bill 715, 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 393.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.