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 531 - Well Drillers - Permit and License Requirements - Exceptions.

This bill authorizes a person who has not been issued a well-drilling permit by the Department of the Environment or a person who has not been licensed by the State Board of Well Drillers to install a specified dewatering device under certain conditions. It also requires a person installing a dewatering device under the Act to restore subsurface conditions to a previous level. House Bill 888, 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 531.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.