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, I have today vetoed Senate Bill 798 - Private Review Agents - Market Conduct Examinations.

This bill requires the Insurance Commissioner to conduct a market conduct examination of an HMO in the same manner as the Commissioner currently conducts examinations of health insurers. The Insurance Commissioner must examine each HMO every five years.

House Bill 1222, 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 Senate Bill 798.

Parris N. Glendening