May 26, 2005

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 224 - Municipal Corporations - Regulation of Nudity and Sexual Displays.

This bill authorizes the legislative body of each municipal corporation to adopt an ordinance for the licensing, control, location, or maintenance within its jurisdiction of a business establishment that allows on its premises specified activities involving nudity and sexual displays. The bill also provides a specified penalty. House Bill 446, 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 224.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.