May 22, 2003

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, today I have vetoed Senate Bill 619 - Maryland School for the Blind - Funding.

This bill requires each county board of education to pay a specified amount to the Maryland School for the Blind each year. Additionally, the bill requires county governing bodies to include children sent to the Maryland School for the Blind in a specified enrollment used for calculating specified required local funds.

House Bill 948, 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 619.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.