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 1006 - Arts and Entertainment Districts - Tax Benefits.

This bill alters the definition of "qualifying resident artist" for the purpose of tax benefits available in arts and entertainment districts and alters a specified income tax subtraction modification allowed for specified income derived within an arts and entertainment district. The bill also expands the types of buildings in specified arts and entertainment districts for which a property tax credit may be granted. Senate Bill 794, 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 1006.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.