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Session Laws, 1999
Volume 796, Page 4403   View pdf image
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The Honorable Casper R. Taylor, Jr.
Speaker of the House
State House

Annapolis MD 21401-1991
Dear Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I today vetoed
House Bill 787 - Maryland Crime Laboratory Council.

House Bill 787, as originally introduced, created a 14 member Maryland Crime
Laboratory Council within the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention
(OCCP). The bill also created a Crime Laboratory User Fee Fund. In the original bill,
the OCCP had the responsibility of administering the User Fee Fund grants to crime
laboratories and advising the Council of those grants. The General Assembly heavily
amended the legislation from its original version. As amended, House Bill 787
eliminated the User Fee Fund and simply created a Maryland Crime Laboratory
Council to monitor crime laboratory services, technology, equipment and training.

Although the grant provisions were removed from the bill, the bill creates the Council
in OCCP and inadvertently includes an OCCP representative on the Council. The
OCCP's involvement and its advisory role for the distribution of grant funds is no
longer required in the amended bill, and the OCCP does not currently have
jurisdiction over the State's crime laboratories. The Department of Maryland State
Police is the executive branch agency that maintains the State's crime laboratory and
represents the State's interest in this area; the OCCP is the State office that
administers State grant programs and oversees federal grant programs in the area of
public safety and the prevention of crime and drug abuse.

For the above reasons, I have vetoed HB 787. However, notwithstanding the flaw in
the legislation, I believe that the issue of examining the quality and services of the
State's crime laboratories is meritorious and worthy of consideration by the
appropriate State agency. I will direct the Maryland State Police to lead a statewide
review of Maryland's crime laboratories giving full consideration to the issues
impacting their efficient and effective operation. The State Police will issue a report
on its findings to me and the General Assembly in a timely manner.


Parris N. Glendening

House Bill 787

AN ACT concerning

Crime Laboratories Maryland Crime Laboratory Council

FOR the purpose of establishing a Maryland Crime Laboratory Council; establishing
the membership and duties, duties, certain meeting requirements, and certain
procedures of the Council; establishing a Crime Laboratory User Fee Fund;
requiring the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to administer


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