May 16, 2002

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 2 - Acquisition of Nonprofit Health Entity - Conditions for Approval.

This bill alters the standard for determining whether to approve the acquisition of a nonprofit health entity and eliminates a provision deeming an acquisition application approved under specified circumstances.

Senate Bill 487, 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 2.

Parris N. Glendening