May 26, 2005

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 101 - Community Based Regional Initiatives Loan of 2004 - Baltimore City - Baltimore Center for Children. This bill amends the Community Based Regional Initiatives Loan of 2004, to change the location of the Baltimore Center for Children to a specifed location in Baltimore City and removes the requirement that the proceeds are to be used for providing handicapped access, a sprinkler system, elevators, an HVAC system, and interior walls to provide separate rooms. Senate Bill 119, 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 101.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.