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 1261 - Legislative Community Initiatives Loan of 2004 - Montgomery County - Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy Auditorium. This bill amends Chapter 204 of the Acts of 2003, as amended, to allow the matching fund for the Montgomery County - Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy Auditorium project to consist of funds expended prior to the effective date of the Act, but after June 1, 1998; etc. Senate Bill 200, 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 1261.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.