May 22, 2003

The Honorable Michael E. Busch
Speaker of the House
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, today I have vetoed House Bill 143 - Maryland Medbank Program - Administration, Extension, and Funding.

This bill extends the termination date of the Maryland Medbank Program and requires the Maryland Medbank Program to be administered by Medbank of Maryland, Inc.. This legislation also provides that the Medbank Program shall be funded by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Senate Bill 334, 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 143.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.