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 894 - Baltimore County - Alcoholic Beverages Licenses - Transfers and Applications.

This emergency bill permits the Baltimore County Board of License Commissioners to authorize the transfer of up to eight Class B and Class D beer, wine and liquor licenses in Election District 15 into certain areas specified by the bill within certain procedural guidelines, despite license population quota limitations. Senate Bill 570, 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 894.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.