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 685 - Allegany, Anne Arundel, Garrett, and Washington Counties - Sound Level Limits and Noise Control - Shooting Sports Clubs. This bill prohibits Allegany, Anne Arundel, Garrett, or Washington counties or political subdivisions of Allegany, Anne Arundel, Garrett, or Washington counties from adopting noise control ordinances, rules, or regulations that prohibit target shooting between specified hours by shooting sports clubs that are chartered and in operation by a specified date. House Bill 756, 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 685.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.