May 16, 2002

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 461 - State Board of Nursing - Sunset Extension and Program Evaluation.

This bill extends the sunset date for the State Board of Nursing from July 1, 2003 to July 1, 2013 and requires another sunset evaluation on or before July 1, 2012. The bill provides that, in accordance with the State budget, each board member is entitled to compensation at a rate to be determined by the board for each day of conducting the board's business. The bill also requires the board to submit a report to certain committees of the General Assembly on the implementation of certain recommendations made by the Department of Legislative Services.

Senate Bill 459, 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 461.

Parris N. Glendening