May 26, 2005

The Honorable Michael E. Busch
Speaker of the House
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, today I have vetoed House Bill 611 - Health Occupations - Podiatrists - Scope of Practice.

This bill allows specified surgical procedures performed by licensed podiatrists to be performed in a licensed ambulatory surgical center under specified circumstances. Moreover, House Bill 611 requires a licensed podiatrist who performs specified surgical procedures in a licensed ambulatory surgical center to have specified surgical privileges at a licensed hospital and meet specified requirements. Senate Bill 304, 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 611.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.