The Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
President of the Senate
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. President:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed Senate Bill 554 - Disease Prevention - Reporting Hepatitis C.

This bill adds viral hepatitis type C to the list of reportable diseases which must be reported to the county health officer by the director of a medical laboratory within 48 hours after the examination of a specimen from a human body shows evidence of the disease.

House Bill 845, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 11, 2000, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 554.

Parris N. Glendening