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 591 - Procurement - Security for Construction Contracts - Retainage.

This bill limits the retainage that may be specified in a construction contract awarded by a public body under specified circumstances and authorizes a public body to withhold payments in addition to retainage under specified circumstances. The bill also requires a public body to release specified retainage to a contractor within 120 days after either the completion of the contract or the resolution of a specified dispute or contract claim.

House Bill 371, 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 591.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.