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 695 - Health Insurance - Study of Maryland's Small Group Market.

This bill requires the Maryland Health Care Commission to contract with an independent consultant to study Maryland's small group health insurance market, comparing its reform law to other states. The consultant must meet with and provide periodic updates to an independent advisory committee comprised of small employers. The Commission is required to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and to the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2002.

Senate Bill 457, 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 695.

Parris N. Glendening