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 234 - Developmental Disabilities Administration - Private Providers - Reporting Requirements.

This bill allows the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to impose a fine on a private community-based service provider of up to $500 for each day a provider's cost report for rate-based payment services or a wage survey is not submitted or corrected. The DDA may also withhold payments to that provider for failure to submit a cost report or a wage survey within specified time frames.

Senate Bill 230, 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 234.

Parris N. Glendening