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 572 - Arthritis Prevention and Control Act.

This bill establishes the Arthritis Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The purpose of the program is to raise public awareness, educate consumers and educate and train health professionals, teachers and providers about arthritis. This bill requires the existing Advisory Council on Arthritis and Related Diseases to advise the Department on developing and implementing the program.

House Bill 247, 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 572.

Parris N. Glendening