The Honorable Casper R. Taylor, Jr.
Speaker of the House
Annapolis MD 21401
Dear Mr. Speaker:
In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed House Bill 81.
This bill requires school vehicle drivers to stop on the roadway to receive or discharge passengers when transporting them to and from school. This requirement does not apply in cases where school vehicle drivers are receiving and discharging passengers in an approved off-roadway loading zone. In addition the bill clarifies the definition of a loading zone and requires that a loading zone be used for passengers residing on the same side of the highway. The bill also clarifies provisions governing warning lights on school vehicles.
Senate Bill 123, 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 81.
Parris N. Glendening