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 497 - Maryland Real Estate Commission - Sunset Extension and Program Evaluation.

This bill extends the sunset date for the Maryland Real Estate Commission (MREC) from July 1, 2002 to July 1, 2012 and requires another sunset evaluation on or before July 1, 2011. The bill also requires the commission to have in place, by January 1, 2003, regulations for accepting continuing education credit through alternative instructional media such as remote access satellite, closed circuit video, computer and internet based courses, home study, and any other delivery system approved by the commission. The bill requires MREC to submit to a report regarding the implementation of the recommendations contained in the October 31, 2000 sunset evaluation report to the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee and the House Economic Matters Committee by December 1, 2001.

Senate Bill 324, 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 497.

Parris N. Glendening