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 603 - Tobacco Product Manufacturers - Nonparticipating Manufacturers - Escrow Requirements.

This bill requires tobacco product manufacturers whose cigarettes are sold in the State to periodically submit specified certifications, reports, and notices to the Attorney General; requires the Attorney General to maintain a directory of cigarettes approved for stamping and sale; prohibits the stamping or selling or importing of cigarettes not in the directory for sale in the State; and requires manufacturers to appoint an agent for the service of process.

House Bill 889, 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 603.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.