May 16, 2002

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 269 - Health Care - Programs and Facilities - Pain Management.

This bill creates a 13-member State Advisory Council on Pain Management to provide advice and recommendations with respect to pain management policy. The bill also requires that a patient's bill of rights, or similar document, must include a statement that a patient has the right to expect and receive appropriate pain assessment, management and treatment.

House Bill 423, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 269.

Parris N. Glendening