The Honorable Casper R. Taylor, Jr.
Speaker of the House
Annapolis MD 21401
Dear Mr. Speaker:
In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed House Bill 1160 - State Government - Survey of State Departments, Agencies, and Programs - Persons with Limited English Proficiency.
This bill requires the Department of Human Resources (DHR) to develop a survey to distribute to State departments, agencies or programs for the purpose of determining the need for interpretation and translation services based on current requests for services from individuals with limited English proficiency. By September 1, 2001, State entities must complete the survey and provide a description of the current measures taken to provide interpretation and translation services. DHR must report to the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee and the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee by November 30, 2001 on the implementation of the bill.
Senate Bill 542, 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 1160.
Parris N. Glendening