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 149 - Health Insurance - Standard Provisions.

This bill repeals two standard contract provisions that may be used in individual health insurance policies. The two provisions relate to an insurer's liability for losses incurred: (1) during the insured's commission of or attempt to commit a felony; and (2) while the insured was intoxicated or under the influence of any narcotic.

Senate Bill 132, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 149.

Parris N. Glendening