May 26, 2004

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, I have today vetoed House Bill 819 - Insurance - Regulation of Insurance Producers - Written Documentation of Appointment.

This bill alters the condition under which an insurance producer may act on behalf of an insurer, and prohibits an insurance producer from acting on behalf of an insurer, unless the insurance producer has received written documentation of the appointment from the insurer.

Senate Bill 147, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 11, 2004, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 819.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.