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 866 - Medical Assistance - Expedited Eligibility.

This bill clarifies that the expedited eligibility standard for children applying for the Maryland Children's Health Program and on pregnant women includes individuals with associated food stamp, cash assistance or medical assistance cases, to the extent permitted by federal law and regulations.

Senate Bill 395, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 11, 2000, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 866.

Parris N. Glendening