May 22, 2003

The Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
President of the Senate
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. President:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, today I have vetoed Senate Bill 240 - State Department of Education - Division of Library Development and Services - Distribution of Accessible Information to Disabled Individuals.

This bill requires the Department of Budget and Management, in consultation with the Governor's Advisory Board for Telecommunications Relay and the Governor's Office for Individuals with Disabilities to enter into an agreement with the State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services, provides for an annual payment to be made equal to the cost of distribution of accessible information and requires the Division to provide eligible individuals with access to an audio news and information service.

House Bill 469, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 240.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.