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 1348 - Workers' Compensation Commission - Location of Hearing.

This bill provides that a covered employee may elect to have a hearing on a claim before the Workers' Compensation Commission. If the employer is a government agency and hearings are not conducted in the county in which the governmental agency is located, a hearing may be held in the regional hearing location nearest that county's government offices.

Senate Bill 857, 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 1348.

Parris N. Glendening