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 1142 - Higher Education Institutions - Blind Individuals - Access to Technology.

This bill requires governing boards of each institution of higher education to develop a nonvisual access clause in the procurement of computer-based instructional technology by January 1, 2007. The clause must be consistent with the standards developed by the Department of Budget and Management for use by State agencies. Senate Bill 360, 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 1142.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.