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 825 - Frederick County - Fire and Rescue Services - Collective Bargaining.

This bill authorizes the Board of County Commissioners of Frederick County to allow voluntary collective bargaining concerning wages and benefits between the Board and a specified employee organization that represents employees of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services; etc. Senate Bill 789, 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 825.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.