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 725 - Private Passenger Motor Vehicle Insurance - Underwriting Standards - Statistical Validation.

This bill clarifies a provision of current law relating to underwriting standards for private passenger motor vehicle insurance. Specifically, this bill provides that certain underwriting standards include a conviction of the named insured or a covered driver of a violation of specified prohibitions against driving while under the influence of alcohol. or while impaired by drugs, alcohol, or specified controlled dangerous substances.

House Bill 1125, 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 725.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.