May 26, 2005

The Honorable Michael E. Busch
Speaker of the House
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, today I have vetoed House Bill 230 - Horse Racing at Fair Hill - Cecil County Breeders' Fair, Inc. - Takeout.

This bill increases the takeout to 25% that the Cecil County Breeders' Fair, Inc., or its successor must deduct from the handle for races held at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area. The bill also increases from 8% to 9% the percentage of the handle that must be paid to the State Racing Commission for the Fair Hill Improvement Fund. Senate Bill 460, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 230.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.