May 22, 2003
The Honorable Michael E. Busch
Speaker of the House
Annapolis MD 21401
Dear Mr. Speaker:
In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, today I have vetoed House Bill 230 - Health Occupations - Dental Hygienists - Supervised Practice in a Private Dental Office.
This bill authorizes a dental hygienist who has a general license to practice under the supervision of a licensed dentist who is not on the premises while the authorized dental hygiene services are being performed. This legislation also permits a dental hygienist with a general license to practice dental hygiene under the supervision of a licensed dentist in a private dental office under specified conditions.
Senate Bill 225, 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 230.
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.