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 451 - Natural Resources - Land Preservation and Recreation Plan. This bill decreases the frequency, from every five years to every six years, with which a local governing body must revise its local land preservation and recreation plan (LPRP) and with which the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), must revise the State LPRP. The bill requires a local governing body to submit a revised LPRP to DNR and MDP for joint approval one year prior to the revision of the State LPRP, and modifies the criteria to be used for joint approval.

House Bill 925, 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 451.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.