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 579 - Criminal Law - Robbery by Display of Written Instrument Claiming Possession of Dangerous Weapon - Penalty.

This bill prohibits a person from committing or attempting to commit a robbery by displaying a written instrument claiming that the person has possession of a dangerous weapon and establishes a specified penalty.

House Bill 663, 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 579.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.