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 841 - Public Safety - Volunteer Company Assistance Fund - State Budget.

This bill clarifies that a grant from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund must be matched by at least 30% of the amount of the grant, limits loans from the Fund to 75% of the total cost of equipment or facilities being purchased, alters the application and approval process for grants and loans from the Fund, alters requirements for an annual report on grants and loans made from the Fund, and expresses legislative intent related to appropriations to and from the Fund. Senate Bill 228, 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 841.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.