The Honorable Casper R. Taylor, Jr.
Speaker of the House
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed House Bill 138 - Maryland Health Care Commission - Modifications and Clarifications.

This bill repeals the requirement that the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) develop a uniform payment system for health care practitioners and payors. The bill requires MHCC, in lieu of developing the payment system, to promote the availability of information to consumers on charges by health care practitioners and reimbursements from payors.

Senate Bill 189, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on April 25, 2000, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 138.

Parris N. Glendening