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 1291 - Universal Service Program Fund - Retention.

This bill permits any undistributed balance in the Universal Service Program Fund on June 30, 2001 to remain in the fund for disbursement through June 30, 2002 to customers who qualify for assistance from the fund in fiscal 2001 and apply for assistance before July 1, 2001.

Senate Bill 831, 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 1291.

Parris N. Glendening