The Honorable Casper R. Taylor, Jr.
Speaker of the House
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed House Bill 283.

This bill requires the Health Care Access and Cost Commission (HCACC) to determine, on an annual basis, the cost of mandated health insurance services in Maryland. HCACC must submit an annual report evaluating any mandated benefit enacted, legislatively proposed, or otherwise submitted to HCACC by a member of the General Assembly prior to July 1 of that year.

Senate Bill 625, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 27, 1999, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 283.

Parris N. Glendening