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 863 - Child Abuse and Neglect - Central Registry - Exception.

This bill prohibits local departments of social services from including specified information firm case files in the Department of Human Resources' central database of child abuse and neglect investigations until the occurrence of certain events.

House Bill 1328, 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 863.

Parris N. Glendening